Manus Emergency Fund
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Australia's offshore policy of locking up asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru and Manus is punitive and deadly...
CRUCIAL to providing URGENT legal and medical responses to refugees and asylum seekers held on Manus Island, the MANUS EMERGENCY FUND is currently critical to saving lives offshore.
It's now been over 30 nights now since Azzam el Sheikh ( whose claim for asylum was never properly processed on Manus) has been detained in a prison in PNG without charges or medical treatment.
At present a temporary injunction has been gained to stop Azzam's deportation for a short period. Many of you will have viewed Azzam's video to the Prime Minister.
Now speaking again from his gaol cell in PNG, here Azzam speaks of the situation faced by his brothers on Manus:
" Hello. It’s el Sheikh here. Thanks, friends, for your support. My request is in two parts. I ask you to support Australia’s place in history - Australian future - & Australia now. I wanna ask anybody able to give something to my brothers in Manus, to do it now. It is the correct time now. They deserve your help and your support; they deserve every dollar you gonna pay - exactly as your kids deserve to be proud of their country & their history. "
"It is the time to show the world it wasn't the majority of Australia who tortured their asylum seekers, who killed them coz they believed in you. All my brothers believed in Australians as a wonderful people. At the end, don't say it’s only a little, if you give something to the Manus brothers. Five dollars, joined to others, could save lives. Thanks for all of you.
Azzam el Sheikh "
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IMAGINE being detained offshore on Manus Island ...
A medical condition or an infection has galloped out of control and you desperately need appropriate emergency medical treatment. Or you will not survive.
IMAGINE facing a legal situation, where you fear you may soon lose your life but legal representation or advice is not available . IMAGINE you discover you are about to be deported and your survival is in grave peril.
These are the types of LEGAL and MEDICAL EMERGENCIES - and the realities - that are being faced on Manus. Emergency responses can help to protect lives.
Link to Azzam el Sheikh's video
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Let's recap! When that important legal and medical SOS came in from Manus in February, MEF was born, and with YOUR support we were able to go into TURBO! Together we saved Azzam from another forced deportation attempt and now Azzam's case now holds hopeful legal lifelines for other men detained for four horrendous years on Manus.
NOW we ask you to STAND STRONG during MEF Stage 2. Please STAND STONG with Azzam and STAND STRONG with the men on Manus.
AS donations grow, MEFs scope can ENLARGE <3
AND an exciting and important heads up !!! Our MEF STAGE 2 STAND STRONG new fundraising stage is kicking on strongly and shifting to a new platform!
So please visit MEF's facebook page for the direct link:
You can also Facebook message us at: @ManusEmergencyFund
Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so happy we can move to this next stage with Azzam's case - and to stengthen its implications for other men held for 4 horrendous years on Manus.
MEFS PROGRESS UPDATE :
An update on the Manus Emergency Fund and Azzam El Cheikh.
Manus Emergency Fund began in April, as a response to an urgent situation. In March, ABF and PNG Immigration forcibly deported a Lebanese man, Bahaa Trad, who ought to have had refugee status, but whose claim for asylum was rejected, due to the flawed assessment process. His deportation was so brutally executed, that six other men, also given negative refugee status, agreed to return ‘voluntarily’ to Lebanon, and accept the US$25,000 the Australian government offered as an inducement to ‘go quietly’.
Azzam el Sheikh refused, as he had before, and resisted strenuously two attempts to deport him by force, before MEF was set up. He survived at least 4 beatings, at least one of them ordered by an Australian, from whom PNG Immigration officers and local police took orders. By 21 April, when MEF was launched, Azzam had successfully resisted deportation twice, but had serious injuries, including a suspected broken leg and possible pneumothorax or DVT, broken ribs, severe pain in his back and kidneys, and a cracked or broken vertebra.
Azzam knew, on 11 April, that he could not survive another beating, and did not resist when he was flown from Manus to Port Moresby on that date. He was carried into Bomana Prison, unable to walk or even to stand. The prison doctor, seeing him next day, but unable to offer treatment, said he should be in hospital, and required x-rays, ultrasound and other investigations.
The first call on the funds that began to roll in on 22 April was for medical treatment for Azzam. Despite many efforts to get this medical help – including a visit to Bomana by two doctors from the International Committee of the Red Cross, on 21 and 24 April – no medical assessment or treatment was given. On 26 April, on Australian orders, Azzam was taken to Pacific International Hospital (PIH) in Port Moresby for a medical check to see if he was fit to fly. Azzam was told in the prison that this was a formality, and the aircraft that would take him to Lebanon was standing ready.
Only one investigation was done at PIH – an x-ray of his kidneys. Whatever it showed, Azzam did not fly that day. He was returned, untreated, to Bomana.
MEF then determined that the best way to help Azzam to survive was to get legal representation to stop his deportation, to get him out of prison, and get him medical treatment. We engaged a lawyer on 27 April, who was successful in getting a temporary injunction to stop the deportation, and a court date a fortnight later, for an application to be made for a Judicial Review of Azzam’s claim for refugee status.
Lawyers in PNG generally require a substantial deposit to their Trust accounts before they will commence acting for the client. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to make this commitment immediately. In the meantime, another Lebanese asylum seeker with negative status, ‘Abdul’ (not his real name) who had ‘absconded’ from Manus in February, and been arrested by police in Port Moresby in April, asked if we could protect him, too, with an order to prevent his deportation.
Azzam’s lawyers worked for two days to try to get an order like the one they obtained for Azzam. They were ready to file this, when Abdul was pulled from his bed, beside Azzam’s in Bomana, and deported within hours.
Azzam’s lawyers attended court a total of 6 times in the ensuing two weeks, before they could get a hearing for his ‘immediate’ release from prison. On 16 May, this application was finally heard. Lawyers for the PNG Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration succeeded in defending Azzam’s imprisonment. He has now been a prisoner in Bomana for over seven weeks.
Azzam’s application for Judicial Review will be heard in the PNG National Court on 20 June. With thanks to the legal team that succeeded in stopping his deportation on 30 April, MEF has retained new legal representation for Azzam in the past week. His lawyer is working to effect Azzam’s release, and to ensure that, on 20 June, he is granted the Judicial Review he is seeking.
Azzam’s situation at law is like that of hundreds of other men on Manus Island. We hope that his case will be successful in showing the way forward for all these political prisoners of Australia, who have been hostage to our spiteful, immoral domestic politics for the last 4 years.
Stay connected and stand strong with Azzam's important case and its potential for other Manus Men. Your support is needed to stand strong & availiable funds mean we can keep enlarging MEFS work.
*** MANUS EMERGENCY FUND ::: A very urgent message from Azzam el Sheikh - detained in prison without charges - and speaking about his brothers on Manus.**** " Hello. It’s el Sheikh here. Thanks, friends, for your support. My request is in two parts. I ask you to support Australia’s place in history - Australian future - & Australia now. I wanna ask anybody able to give something to my brothers in Manus, to do it now. It is the correct time now. They deserve your help and your support; they deserve every dollar you gonna pay - exactly as your kids deserve to be proud of their country & their history. It is the time to show the world it wasn't the majority of Australia who tortured their asylum seekers, who killed them coz they believed in you. All my brothers believed in Australians as a wonderful people. At the end, don't say it’s only a little, if you give something to the Manus brothers. Five dollars, joined to others, could save lives. Thanks for all of you. Azzam el Sheikh "
Can you increase Funds requested? I hope - although there are maybe more pressing unmet needs, if no Pro Bono Solicitor Steps Up, more than Complaint requesting CTV Footage is filed. Think probably need to Sue for Defamation & Slander? Or Compensation? To ensure Footage can be Exposed. #SackDutton #Hague #bringthemhere
Thanks to every single person who supports this campaign. Thanks for your humanity. Thanks for letting vulnerable people know you care.