REFUGEE RIGHTS ACTION NETWORK SAYS NO DEPORTATIONS TO WAR ZONES
WE CALL FOR PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE TO STAND UP TO PREVENT THE FORCED RETURN OF A VULNERABLE ASYLUM SEEKER TO AFGHANISTAN
There is to be a decision TODAY at 4.30pm in the Perth Magistrates Court on the forced return of a young man to the war zone that is Kabul. An urgent injunction against that deportation was sought yesterday and Judge Lucev will hand down his decision today. If he refuses the injunction this young man will be deported TONIGHT to what is now an active war zone.
If the injunction is refused Refugee Rights Action Network members, along with other concerned citizens, intend to flyer passengers on flights destined for Kabul. TONIGHT from 9.30pm we will be asking these passengers to show support for a young man they don’t know; a frightened young man who knows that Kabul is not a safe place for him due to his ethnicity and religion. We will be asking these passengers to do for him what they would do for a son, a grandson, a brother, a friend. We will be asking them to stand up and refuse to sit down until this young man is removed from the plane.
We will be explaining to passengers that ongoing Taliban attacks in Kabul have increased the risks to ethnic and religious minority groups in Afghanistan. The Australian government when assessing refugee claims by asylum seekers from Afghanistan admit that some regional areas are extremely dangerous for Hazara and Tajik minority Shia Muslims. They state that Kabul is safe and determine that regardless of where in Afghanistan a person comes from that person can be resettled in Kabul. This is UNTRUE.
Recent events show this is not the case. On 21st June the Taliban launched an attack on Afghanistan’s parliament, killing five innocent people. On 30th June a suicide car bomb attack on the Kabul airport road killed two civilians and injured 26 others. On 7th July there was another suicide car bomb attack in which civilians were injured and in a separate incident a building was occupied by armed gunmen. RRAN considers that these ongoing attacks by terrorist groups have turned Kabul into an ACTIVE WAR ZONE and calls on the Australian Government to halt forced deportations to Afghanistan.
The threat of imminent deportation looms over other asylum seekers doomed by our flawed processing regime. The new "Fast Track" system will increase the number of vulnerable people for whom Australia refuses to provide protection despite our obligations under International Laws. The use of outdated country information and the refusal of the Government to take new developments into account will lead to more people deported to danger and possible death.
Place: Perth International Airport
Date: Tuesday 14th July 2015
Time: from 9.30pm
For further information contact
Sally Thompson: (Refugee Rights Action Network)