Stop the ban on mobile phones in Immigration Detention Centres
Why is this important?
LET THEM CONNECT
Did Santa bring you a mobile phone for Xmas? Well, guess what? Scrooge AKA Minister Dutton, is taking them away from every refugee and asylum seeker locked up in our 9 onshore detention centres. And not just that. Secret Santa might have paid a poor asylum seeker a surprise visit over Xmas in the wee hours of the morning, not bearing gifts but to “remove” him/her without notice and with no means of communication with their loved ones. Up… up… and away in his great big sleigh. Never to be seen or heard of again. So much for the season of good-will to men, women and children.
The government says its reason for this is “an increasing number of individuals with extensive criminal histories,” (known as 501’s)* who are being placed in Immigration Detention Centres while awaiting deportation.
Asylum seekers should not be held with criminals. They haven’t committed a crime and it is they who will suffer most from Min. Dutton’s decree. Mobile phones are their life-line .
Please sign our petition so refugees and asylum seekers can stay connected to their families and loved ones in Australia and overseas.
How it will be delivered
BMRSG writes to Mr Dutton, with list of signatories urging him not to hold asylum seekers with criminals and to allow the continued use of mobile phones. We will insist any ban is cruel and inhumane. BMRSG urges you to also write or phone Mr Dutton’s office. The ban is currently being phased in and a complete ban is scheduled for 90 days after the announcement on Nov 21 2016. See http:// www.bmrsg.org.au/take-action-against-the-ban-on-mobile-phones-in-detention-centres/
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Feb 19 4.30 pm. Federal Court has granted an injunction preventing Australian Border Force officials confiscating mobile phones of 80 asylum seekers in detention centres in Melb., Sydney and Western Australia.
2017-02-19 14:51:16 +1100
BMRSG has just received advice from Pamela Gurr, in Melbourne that there is a legal challenge to this ban. " The National Justice Project team are representing people in Detention centres in Melbourne , Sydney, Yongah Hill and Brisbane who are
threatened with confiscation of their mobile phones at midnight tonight.
Until now people who came by air have had the right to mobile phones as
long as they have no photo or recording facility. People who came by boat have no right to a mobile for reasons never explained.
Border Force changes to existing policy would see all phones confiscated
and anyone found with a phone , punished. An injunction last week on behalf of one man was successful but no undertaking to stay the confiscations of more than 80 others
so the matter is before the Federal Court at 11am today."