Stop internet restrictions on Nauru asylum seekers
  • Petitioned Salvation Army Australia

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Salvation Army Australia
Salvation Army Public Relations
Public Relations Manager
Salvation Army

Stop internet restrictions on Nauru asylum seekers

    1. Petition by

      Refugee Action Coalition

The Salvation Army has told asylum seekers on Nauru it will limit their internet access to 30 minutes every two days, not allow swapping of allocated time between them, or even allow one friend to help another with the internet, and spare computers cannot be used. Previously asylum seekers had been allowed to swap with each other which helped them communicate their families at times they were contactable.

Importantly asylum seekers had agreed amongst themselves, that Mahdi Vakili the Iranian asylum seeker who manages the Facebook page "Asylum Seekers on Nauru" could have two hours every morning and evening to get their stories out.

Using the internet has often been the only way asylum seekers on Nauru have been able to communicate their horrific conditions and publicise their protests and hunger strikes, as media have been barred from the detention centre.

Asylum seekers on Nauru have gathered over 300 signatures on a petition calling for their previous internet use arrangements to be reinstated.

The Salvation Army claims it is playing a humanitarian role ‘providing emotional support and practical assistance’. But they are making the decision to stop refugees communicating the truth about what is happening on Nauru and the stories of asylum seekers themselves. Reinstating the previous internet arrangements, and allowing Mahdi to update the asylum seekers' Facebook page, would help the asylum seekers much more any emotional support: by helping build pressure on the government to end the policy of dumping asylum seekers offshore and to close Nauru and Manus Island.

To:
Salvation Army Australia
Salvation Army Public Relations
Salvation Army, Public Relations Manager
Please overturn the restrictions on internet access for asylum seekers on Nauru and reinstate the two hours each morning and evening previously allowed to Mahdi Vakili to update their Facebook page and let the outside world know about what is happening on Nauru.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Internal dispute in Salvation Army over Nauru contract

      Yesterday the ABC reported on internal disquiet inside the Salvation Army about their actions on Nauru through the contact they have signed with the Immigration Department. This shows they feeling under pressure about punitive actions like the internet restrictions, and the campaign is starting to work.

      "The ABC understands however there is a measure of disquiet within the Salvation Army itself over the church's involvement with the detention centres.
      "Protests are believed to have come largely from the independent Salvation Army Southern Territory, which covers Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth."
      "Ms Callister acknowledged the internal dispute but was resolute in her commitment." Read the full report below

      Salvation Army confirms 'tough conditions' on Nauru - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

      Posted December 13, 2012 17:30:34 Claims that asylum seekers on Nauru are living in leaking tents have been confirmed by the Salvation Army, which is providing humanitarian support there under contract to the Government. Last month an Amnesty International team visited the detention camp on Nauru and said some asylum seekers were sleeping in wet beds, and their tents were regularly flooded by heavy rain.

    3. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Dennis Wyatt MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      ~THIS IS DISGRACEFUL FROM THE SALVATION ARMY THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED! THE GOD OF HEAVEN WILL NOT LET THIS BEHAVIOUR GO UNPUNISHED!

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    • John Grieve AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      Internet is knowlege

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    • David SMITH AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      Australia needs to act ethically with regards to refugees and asylum seekers

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    • Tiana Moutafis AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      This is like a prison. People shouldn't be persecuted when fleeing persecution.

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    • philip partridge REDFERN, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      hiding people never serves any good

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