Nauru cancels refugee day

| June 19, 2018 | Reply

The Nauru government has cancelled its World Refugee Day event scheduled for Wednesday, 20 June.

The cancellation is not surprising; there is little sign of a duty of care for the refugees on Nauru, who have become a cash cow for the government at the behest of the Australian government.

While millions of dollars are being provided by Aystralia for new Nauru government buildings, around 250 refugees and asylum seekers are still confined to tents in the so-called Family camp, RPC 3, where they have been for the last five years.

It was very obvious that there were no Nauru government representatives, no representatives of Canstruct, and no Wilson’s Security representatives at the ceremony on Sunday night for Fariborz Karami, the 26-year-old Iranian asylum seeker who was found dead last Friday morning.

The Refugee Day celebration by the Nauru government is more a celebration of the money that offshore detention has poured into Nauru. Asylum seekers, rather than phosphate, have become Nauru’s main source of income.

It also comes as the threat level 3 set by Wilson Security and enforced by Border Force over RPC 1 and 3, remains in place.

The denial of services and medications for refugees in the wider Nauru community is causing greater deprivation and tension as service staff curtail services and avoid refugees because of the “threat” decree. The cancellation of community support has meant some refugees are being left without medication and even food in some cases.

“The funding of offshore detention by the Australian government should be a national scandal. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being pumped into Nauru to ensure the government collaborates with Australia to maintain the offshore prison,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“The government spends billions of dollars for offshore detention, that has enriched the Nauru government and contractors like Canstruct, but has created a mental health crisis among refugees and denied them adequate medical services.”

The Refgugee Action Coalition has called a protect vigil for Fariborz Karami and to call for the government to bring “Ali”,the terminally-ill Afghan refugee to Australia for Friday, 22 June, 5.30pm, Sydney Town Hall. Speakers include: Wendy Bacon, Women Supporting Women On Nauru; David Shoebridge, NSW Greens MP, and refugee community.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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