Oceania: Treatment of Stateless persons

The Aladdin Sisalem True Survivor Story


Aladdin Sisalem confined alone on Manus Island
Aladdin Sisalem confined alone on Manus Island

Lombrum Detention Centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, 2004: Predestined to refugee status by the political circumstances of his birth in Kuwait to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother, 25 year old Aladdin Sisalem (Weblog) now sits in solitary confinement on an island that costs the Australian Government almost as much in bad public relations as it does in money (Keeping the centre open for him is costing Australian taxpayers Aus$23,000 a day). The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) granted Sisalem refugee status. But Australian Minister for Immigration, Amanda Vanstone, has 'justified' the Government's action by stating that Sisalem did not ask for the proper form by name although he repeatedly asked for protection and asylum in Australia, when in the Australian Migration Zone. Mandatory, indefinite Detention by the Australian Government has been called a Crime Against Humanity by respected barrister Julian Burnside (full speech & legal argument).

While thousands flocked to a Palm Sunday Rally in Melbourne for Refugee justice, State of Emergency has published a critique of the current refugee movement, arguing that they fail to recognise what is the true cause of the current crisis. The very concept of State sovereignty is the cause for the current incarceration of asylum seekers, rather than the lack of good will from the leaders of this country.

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