Rally: No Return To Danger Sri Lanka Is Not Safe

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Organised by the Tamil Refugee Action Group
(email: tamilrefugeeactiongroup@gmail.com)

Speakers include:
* Fr Pan Jordan OP, Pax Christi Queensland Coordinator

* Rebecca Lim, a former Immigration Officer and Community Engagement Coordinator, Mercy Community Services Romero Centre.

* Dr Brian Senewiratne, human rights activists

The Australian government is using the profoundly flawed “fast track” refugee processing system introduced by Scott Morrison to return many Tamils and others to danger.

The system is flawed as there is no judicial oversight and a future looking test based solely on the current situation in Sri Lanka, disregarding any previous harm, violence and that security forces operate with impunity. The Australian government refutes credible and current reports of human rights abuses and uses a document prepared by its own agency, Dept of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) to argue some areas are safe to return Tamils. DFAT has issued travel advice for Australians to exercise a high degree of caution if visiting Sri Lanka.

No part of Sri Lanka is safe for the Tamil minority. Sri Lanka remains a heavily militarized country and any Tamil moving into a new area would immediately come to the attention of authorities and be a target for persecution with deadly consequences. Amnesty’s 2015/16 report on Sri Lanka says that despite the Sri Lankan government’s talk, many challenges remain “including persistent use of arbitrary arrest and detention, torture and other ill-treatment, enforced disappearances and deaths in custody, and a long-standing climate of impunity for these and other violations.”

What is happening to the Tamil minority and other asylum seekers amounts to refoulement under the UN refugee convention. We demand an immediate moratorium on both forced deportations and so called “voluntary” returns. Please join us and stand for human rights.
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By: Refugee Action Collective Queensland RAC

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