Eight days ago I wrote “Ranjini needs our help to encourage the government to find a better way“. As can be seen from the content and links in the article, I wasn’t the only one very concerned about the situation.
Last night David Manne, Executive Director, Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, announced on Twitter he had:
Just brought High Ct challenge to indefinite detention of a
#refugee assessed as security risk w/o access to reasons or review
Hurray for David! Hurray for all the people who worked so hard to make something happen! Good for the Greens to move a bill in parliament too.
The supporters of the #FreeRanjini cause on Twitter were in a celebratory mood last night, but there is still much work to be done.
I did very little, other than publish an article and retweet other’s updates a lot! It is about all I could manage, sadly. I’d love to be able to do more.
This morning I scoured the main newspapers on line to see an announcement I could link to. Nothing yet, although plenty of coverage about the State of Origin game last night. Sport ranks higher than human rights in Australia? I finally did locate some articles – see “Related articles” below.
The important thing is, the ball is rolling, please don’t let it stop.
As @RanjiniLetters says in the Twitter feed to the left, there is still much to be done.
If you can help in any way, I am sure the Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, Letters for Ranjini, or any of the people in the Twitter feed to the left would love to hear from you.
This is not just about Ranjini: there are approximately 50 other detainees in the same situation. There will be more in the future.
Please keep talking to your local members of parliament as well. Let them know you do not like what is happening and that you support David’s challenge. The fight has just started: keep up the pressure!
I should point out Ranjini is not the plaintiff in this case, however the challenge, if successful, would certainly be of great assistance!
While the new case will be fought on behalf of a Sri Lankan Tamil male who was on a boat intercepted by the Australian Customs ship Oceanic Viking in 2009, the decision has implications for all of those with negative security assessments.
The head of the legal team, David Manne, is also acting for Ranjini, and he said last night she could become a plaintiff in the case or be the subject of separate proceedings.
- Challenge to ASIO on refugees (theage.com.au)
- High Court challenge to ASIO assessments (news.theage.com.au)