I know a man who did not talk with his small daughter, son and wife for 29 months. His family live on a dry land on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan. I talked with him in Manus Prison when they took us during the hunger strike and put us in that dirty jail. He was crying and when I put me hands on his shoulder and asked him why he was crying. He looked at me and said: ‘I am not crying for myself. My heart is heavy for my small daughter and son’.
Read Crying on a remote island by Behrouz Boochani in full.
Behrouz Boochani was featured as a case of concern by PEN International on Human Rights day 2015. They write:
’10 December 2015
PEN International is deeply concerned by the detention of Kurdish-Iranian journalist Behrouz Boochani, who has been held in Australia’s offshore Immigration Detention Centre on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea for the past two years. He has sought asylum is Australia since July 2013.’
See more at: http://www.pen-international.org/newsitems/human-rights-day-take-action-for-kurdish-iranian-journalist-behrouz-boochani/
Other posts about Behrouz Boochani on the RAPBS site
RAPBS CALLS THE AUSTRALIAN STATE TO ACCOUNT FOR ITS FAILURE TO UPHOLD INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS CONVENTIONS AND TREATIES
In the lead up to Human Rights day RAPBS compiled a list of charges calling the Australian state to account for its failures to uphold international human rights conventions and treaties such as the Rights of the Child, the Convention against Torture and the Refugee Convention.
RAPBS, with support from RRAN and RAC Melbourne were joined by people from various walks of life to stage readings of the list of charges in Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle. The readings called to account the Austraian government for perpetrating human rights violations against asylum seekers and refugees, both in detention centres and in the precarious conditions people are forced to endure under other unlivable terms, like the temporary protection visas.
These readings will be combined into a short film for international circulation, produced by Steve Thomas. We will upload this as soon as it is available.
List of charges
The introductory piece read before the list of charges is also attached.
… a first-hand account of life inside an Australian immigration detention facility, told from the perspective of a former employee of Serco, the ubiquitous multinational service provider that runs the nation’s onshore centres.
Sydney: 12 noon December 10 (Thursday) Mrs Macquarie’s Chair
Perth: 12 noon December 13 (Sunday) Round House Fremantle
Melbourne: 6.30 pm December 10 (Thursday) City Square
RAPBS in collaboration with our friends from RRAN and RAC will stage a series of readings in Human Rights Week.
People from all walks of life will read from a list of charges calling the Australian state to account for its failures to uphold international human rights conventions and treaties such as the Rights of the Child, the Convention against Torture and the Refugee Convention.
Participants and contributors include Tess Allas, Iqbal Barkat, Tony Birch, Melissa Lucashenko, Michelle De Kretser, Amala Groom, John Highfield, Al Poulet, Baden Offord, Kim Scott, David Whish-Wilson, Arnold Zable, Uncle Jack Charles.
The readings will be combined into a short film for international circulation, produced by Steve Thomas.
We invite all members of the public to participate in the film.
Please wear black clothing on the day.
For more information:
Melbourne: Janet Galbraith (0418 399 646)
Perth : Suvendrini Perera (0409 747 200)
Sydney: Joseph Pugliese (0401 846 330)