Posts by: Refugee Rights Network
Friday Morning Bus
Departing 10.00am from the southern end of the East Perth Terminal building (next to the foot bridge’s ramp on the western side of the East Perth train station, off Summers Street if you’re coming by car).  Drop-off on Mitchell Avenue in front of the detention centre (see map).  Police will stop traffic for disembarkation
Passenger Instructions: hand luggage only on the bus.  Camping gear goes up in the truck.  The bus will deliver you to the detention centre for the first action, camping gear will be waiting for you at the campsite.
Saturday Morning Bus
Departing from and returning to the southern end of the East Perth Terminal building (next to the foot bridge’s ramp on the western side of the East Perth train station, off Summers Street if you’re coming by car).  Drop-off on Mitchell Avenue in front of the detention centre (see map).  Police will stop traffic for disembarkation
Sunday Afternoon Return Bus
Pick-up location to be advised.  Call 0405 674 562 for details on the day.
Private vehicles
There is no suitable parking near the detention centre.  Please use the area marked ‘Parking’ on the map.  A shuttle bus will run from there to the detention centre.  Call 0405 674 562.
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We’re happy to announce that the Convergence Handbook is now available.

With any luck, it will answer all of your questions, but if it doesn’t and you’re in Perth, you can ask them at the Convergence Briefing — it’s on this Monday, the 15th of April, from 6pm at the Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St, Perth (walking distance from the McIver and Perth train stations). More details about this meeting is available at its Facebook events page.

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To help people plan their convergence weekend, we’ve put together the following timetable. Please note that buses to Yongah Hill will be leaving from the southern end of the East Perth Terminal building (next to the foot bridge’s ramp on the western side of the East Perth train station, off Summers Street if you’re coming by car). 

If you are driving to Yongah Hill in a private vehicle, parking will be at the corner of Gratte and Mitchel Ave, 1.6 km down the road from the detention centre, on the outskirts of Northam. There will be a shuttle running from there back up to the detention centre. Call the info line on the day for latest updates or advice on parking, Info line 0405 674 562 . There is no suitable parking at the detention centre.


Friday Saturday Sunday
9:00 am

Conference/strategy meeting
10:00 am Bus (10am, Perth to Northam)

10:30 am
Bus (10.30am, Perth to Northam)
11:00 am


12:00 pm Gather at the Gates
Dance Journalism performance at the gates
1:00 pm
Main Protest
2:00 pm


3:00 pm Introductions/discussions
Bus (3pm, Northam to Perth)
returning to East Perth 
4:00 pm
Workshops / Bus (4pm, Northam to Perth) returning to East Perth
5:00 pm


6:00 pm


6:30 pm Candlelight Vigil Documentaries
7:00 pm

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Refugee rights groups from around the country will be converging on the Yongah Hill Detention Centre this ANZAC Day long weekend to protest against the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.

We have seen politicians engage in a race to the bottom in refugee policy. With the re-introduction of offshore processing and the situation in Nauru and Manus Island becoming increasingly worse, now is the time to publicly condemn this abhorrent policy. To do this, the Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) will be returning to Northam’s detention centre to expose the cruelty and challenge the lies about our immigration detention system, and to show solidarity with the refugees and asylum seekers protesting in detention. If you are interested in joining the trip, you can register at http://refugee-rights.net/converge.

And even if you can’t make it out to Yongah Hill this ANZAC Day long weekend, you can still fight for the rights of refugees imprisoned in Australia’s immigration detention centres. Read on and support!

NOT IN OUR NAMES Project

If you can’t go to Yongah Hill, but want to contribute and state your opposition to this policy of violence against refugees and asylum seekers you can contribute to the NOT IN OUR NAMES banner. This banner will feature your name along with other contributors and will travel with RRAN activists to Northam and be displayed against the backdrop of the detention centre.

For the price of a ticket on the bus — your choice of $25 unwaged, $40 waged or $100 solidarity — you get your name on the banner and the knowledge that you have funded one more seat on that bus. You will also receive a photograph of the banner and RRAN in action.

And if you are so outraged that you need to support more…

For $200 you can SPONSOR AN ACTIVIST who will write a public account of their experiences and what they witnessed at Yongah Hill along with a private letter to you. These funds will go to the overall costs of RRAN’s operations, not to the activist themselves. But the funds will allow your particular RRANer to go where journalists don’t, to visit in detention and to organise further actions upon their return. And, you will also get your name on the NOT IN OUR NAMES banner and the photograph.

Donations can be made at http://refugee-rights.net/converge/register/ — just fill out the form there and put ‘Sponsor an Activist’ in the comments box.  Thanks!

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The recommended prices for the convergence, including food, are:

  • For the weekend: $25 unwaged, $40 waged and $100 solidarity;
  • Day rates: $15 unwaged, $25 waged and $50 solidarity

But if money is a problem, just let us know as we’d rather have you there and fundraise the difference than have you miss out on the convergence.

If you’d like to register or pay for your ticket(s), you can do so via the Registration page.

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Refugee rights groups from around the country will be converging on Yongah Hill Detention Centre on the ANZAC day long weekend, 2013, to protest against the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.

We have seen politicians engage in a race to the bottom in refugee policy. With the re-introduction of offshore processing and the situation in Nauru becoming increasingly worse now is the time to express public outcry at this abhorrent policy.

Asylum seekers on Nauru have been on hunger strike for several days now, including an Iranian who has been on hunger strike for 32 days.

We have seen countless times over, that mandatory detention destroys people and we have seen time and time again that a policy of deterrance does not work.

Help us fight for a humane refugee policy and to show solidarity with asylum seekers protesting in detention.

Watch this space or the corresponding Facebook events page for updates and further details.

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Refugee activists, part of the refugee convergence in Darwin have condemned the threats and intimidation of asylum seekers in the Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC).

According to reports from inside the detention centre, asylum seekers in the NIDC were warned not to take part in any protest inside the detention centre. The threats were meant to prevent any response from the asylum seeker to the protests that have taken place outside the detention centre.

Around 200 Serco guards were posted inside NIDC although there are only around 100 asylum seekers and Indonesian asylum boat crew and fisher-folk.

Asylum seekers were told that any indication of protest — ‘even if you jump up or wave your hands’ — that their files would be sent to the Federal Police. They were also told that planned moves out of the detention would be indefinitely stalled if they took part in any protest activity.

NIDC has developed a deserved reputation as the worst of the detention centres as far as self harm and attempted suicide.

“The threats against asylum seekers is a further violation of asylum seekers’ human rights. It is no crime to claim asylum in Australia. It is no crime to protest against the inhumanity of mandatory detention. Serco and the Immigration Department keep a ‘cone of silence’ atound the detention centres,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

Despite the threats, asylum seekers did join in protest activity this (Sunday) afternoon, as protesters gathered on the Stuart Highway outside the detention centre.

The NIDC protest followed a successful action at the Wickham Point detention centre that saw 7 interstate protesters arrested for trespass after they scaled a hill overlooking the sprawling detention facility.

There are unconfirmed reports that some asylum seekers in the newly opened detention centre have staged a hunger strike in protest to the arrests of protesters and the cancellation of visits over the Easter weekend.

“Successful protests at all Darwin detention centres have made sure that the asylum seekers know there is a movement outside the fences that will continue to campaign to end mandatory detention and close the detention centres,” said Ian Rintoul.

Further protests will take place on Easter Monday at detention centres tomorrow in Darwin, Perth. Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul on 0417 275 713.

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Seven people from several Australian cities were arrested by Northern Territory police for trying to make contact with refugees inside the Wickham Point Detention Centre outside Darwin.

They were out at the remote site to show support to the 500 people locked up there for legally seeking asylum in Australia. The protest occurred the day after a refugee inside Wickham Point tried to commit suicide.

“This protest was meant to be a message to the Australian public and politicians that people are prepared to come out in these 40 degree conditions, and are prepared to challenge the police that defend a detention centre that locks up innocent people,” Jay Fletcher, spokesperson for the Easter refugee convergence said.

“Wickham Point is Australia’s newest and biggest detention centre, the government has built it to lock up 1500 people. But this site is considered ‘unfit for human habitation’ and locking up people in the middle of nowhere so no one can see them and help them.

“This system kills people, it has been killing people for 20 years.”

Police and private security had blocked the entrance to the centre when about 35 refugee supporters arrived. Last Thursday, representatives from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship and private detention contractor Serco banned four refugee advocates from officially visiting the asylum seekers inside.

Mark Goudkamp, among the seven arrested, said: “The ‘approved site’ for our protest at Wickham Point was out of earshot and out of sight from the people we’d travelled across the country to support. Our simple attempt to reach an elevated point where we could interact with the asylum seekers, albeit still from a long distance, is clearly not what DIAC, Serco or the police want us to do.”

For more information, contact Jay Fletcher on 0438 819 131.

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Reliable reports from inside the Wickham Point detention centre indicate that an asylum seeker has been hospitalised following a self-harm incident at the new detention centre.
The news has shocked the refugee protesters already gathered in Darwin over Easter to draw attention to the reality of mandatory detention.

“We had already planned a protest at Wickham Point, but this report will give an added urgency to the protest,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the refugee Darwin refugee convergence.

“The Immigration Department bragged about the facilities at Wickham Point. It was only opened in December 2011. It was meant to be a model alternative to the toxic environment at NIDC, but this incident shows that a cage is still a cage.”

Refugee supporters will target Darwin’s newest and biggest detention centre, Wickham Point, tomorrow, Sunday 8 April, 11am.

Successful protests on Saturday morning saw asylum seekers take to the roof of NIDC to respond to the protesters outside the detention centre. Hundreds more families and children at Darwin’s Airport Lodge held makeshift banners and placards to greet the refugee supporters on Saturday afternoon.

Following Sunday’s protest at Wickham Point, the refugee convergence will stage a picket of Robertson barracks on the Stuart Highway to highlight the hypocrisy of welcoming a permanent US base to Darwin, while down the road, Afghan asylum seekers, the victims of persecution in Afghanistan are held in detention centres.

“It is more than ironic that the Australian government pretends that US and Australian troops are in Afghanistan to ‘make Afghanistan safe’ while those they are meant to protect are imprisoned when they seek safety in Australia,” said Ian Rintoul.

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul mob 0417 275 713.

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Reliable reports from inside the Wickham Point detention centre indicate that an asylum seeker has been hospitalised following a self-harm incident at the new detention centre.
The news has shocked the refugee protesters already gathered in Darwin over Easter to draw attention to the reality of mandatory detention.

“We had already planned a protest at Wickham Point, but this report will give an added urgency to the protest,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the refugee Darwin refugee convergence.

“The Immigration Department bragged about the facilities at Wickham Point. It was only opened in December 2011. It was meant to be a model alternative to the toxic environment at NIDC, but this incident shows that a cage is still a cage.”

Refugee supporters will target Darwin’s newest and biggest detention centre, Wickham Point, tomorrow, Sunday 8 April, 11am.

Successful protests on Saturday morning saw asylum seekers take to the roof of NIDC to respond to the protesters outside the detention centre. Hundreds more families and children at Darwin’s Airport Lodge held makeshift banners and placards to greet the refugee supporters on Saturday afternoon.

Following Sunday’s protest at Wickham Point, the refugee convergence will stage a picket of Robertson barracks on the Stuart Highway to highlight the hypocrisy of welcoming a permanent US base to Darwin, while down the road, Afghan asylum seekers, the victims of persecution in Afghanistan are held in detention centres.

“It is more than ironic that the Australian government pretends that US and Australian troops are in Afghanistan to ‘make Afghanistan safe’ while those they are meant to protect are imprisoned when they seek safety in Australia,” said Ian Rintoul.

For more information, contact Ian Rintoul mob 0417 275 713.

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