Join us July 19th @ 6pm for our
#6 YEARS TOO LONG
Date: 19th July
Where: The Esplanade Cairns
(on grass across from Aplin St)
Bring: Torch and Blanket
For 7 years over 3000 innocent people have been imprisoned on Nauru and Manus Islands. Originally, this was to be a temporary arrangement until people’s applications for refugee status were determined.
Our vigil on Friday July 19th marks the 6th anniversary of the Government’s announcement that these islands would be repositories for asylum seekers who would NEVER BE ALLOWED TO SETTLE in Australia.
Many have returned (either voluntarily or through deportation) to their country of origin, 508 have been re-settled in the United States, 7 went to Cambodia, 14 have died…
with more than 90 acts of self-harm and suicide attempts in just four weeks after Australia’s federal election. The situation must be resolved – these people cannot be abandoned.
Latest numbers in the Refugee Action Coalition -MEDIA RELEASE state that:
Two planes in the last two weeks have taken 38 refugees from Papua New Guinea to be resettled in the United States. One carrying 15 refugees left on 26 June, another with 23 refugees left Port Moresby on Tuesday, 2 July.