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September 21, 2010

VILLAWOOD IN CRISIS – TWO IRANIAN HUNGER STRIKERS HOSPITALISED

by refugeeactioncoalitionsydney

Media release September 21, 2010

While attention has been focused on the fate of the roof-top protesters at Villawood detention centre, the dry hunger strike by sixteen Iranians and Kurdish detainees has continued into its fourth day.

This afternoon (Tuesday 21 September), two of the Iranian hunger strikers were taken to Liverpool hospital.

Another Iranian man was hospitalised on Sunday but was returned to the detention on Monday.

“The root cause of the Iranian hunger strike is the same as that which has led to the roof top protest – the lack of transparency and the fundamental flaws in the offshore refugee determination process and fear that they could be deported to Iran.

“It is shocking that the government could consider deporting asylum seekers to Iran given the appalling human rights’ record of the Iranian government,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.
A national refugee rights protest has been called on the lawns of Parliament House Canberra for the opening day of the new minority Labor government, Tuesday 28 September, 12.30pm.

National “Stand Up for Refugees” protests are planned for Saturday, 23 October, the ninth anniversary of the sinking of the SIEV X, which cost 352 lives. It also coincides with a year since the boat load of Tamil asylum seekers were intercepted by the Indonesian navy and taken to Merak and the interception of the Tamils on the Oceanic Viking.

For more information contact Refugee Action Coalition, Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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