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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Revealed: Qarase's plea failed to save Rauluni and family speaks out

The Australian: DEPOSED Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase unsuccessfully pleaded with Australian authorities to grant asylum to Josefa Rauluni. 
 
Mr Railuni died after throwing himself from the roof of a Sydney detention centre.

The Australian has obtained a letter Mr Qarase sent to the Refugee Review Tribunal last November that stated Mr Rauluni, who died on Monday just hours before he was due to be deported, faced danger if he returned to Fiji.
Mr Qarase - prime minister of Fiji from 2000 to 2006 and ousted by military leader Frank Bainimarama - said Mr Rauluni had been active in the Fijian movement for democracy. Returning to the country while it was under military rule could have been deadly.

The letter emerged as Mr Rauluni's sister-in-law expressed anger that his body had been left lying on the ground at the detention centre after his death.

The family spoke out as a protest sparked by his death ended last night when 11 asylum-seekers climbed down from a 30-hour sit-in on the centre's roof.

The move ended hours of intense drama as some of the detainees threatened to throw themselves off and had to be restrained by their fellow protesters, and blood spilled on the roof after some protesters cut themselves.

The officials from the UN High Commission for Refugees arrived at the centre about 6pm and persuaded the men to come down from the roof to discuss their plight.

In his letter, Mr Qarase said he could confirm that Mr Rauluni had been "very active in meetings and rallies held in Griffith and Sydney organised by the movement for democracy based in Sydney".

"Under the current circumstances in Fiji, Mr Rauluni runs the risk of been taken in by the regime if he returns to Fiji," he wrote. "In addition, Mr Rauluni has been a member of the SDL party. This membership will further increase the risk to his personal safety and security if he returns to Fiji."

Mr Rauluni, a 36-year-old father of one, came from Levuka in the eastern division of Fiji, the same area from which Mr Qarase originally comes.

Mr Rauluni's sister-in-law, Fiona Rauluni, accused the Immigration Department of failing to meet its duty of care for Mr Rauluni while he was detained at the Villawood centre.
Mrs Rauluni said the guards at the facility were told of Mr Rauluni's distress at being deported and "knew he was not himself".

She said his body was left lying in full sight of other detainees for five hours, a move that sparked the protest from the 11 other detainees that ended last night.

Mr Rauluni's brother, David, who migrated to Australia 15 years ago, said his brother had travelled to the country with eight other family members - including his three brothers Meli, 45, Malakai, 42, and Koroi, 51 - for a christening two years ago.

He said the entire family applied for protection visas shortly after arriving in Australia, fearing they would be persecuted by the military regime if they returned to Fiji.

The brothers had their asylum applications denied in March - while living in Griffith in southern NSW - but were permitted to stay in the country due to fortnightly applications for bridging visas. The family said last night Mr Rauluni was detained by immigration authorities on August 17 because he had been working night shift at a local processing plant and missed a deadline to extend his bridging visa.

Mr Rauluni's nephew, Eddie, was also detained by immigration authorities and taken to Villawood on August 17.
Pastor Kanito Roko from the Mount Zion Christian Fellowship, who conducted a service inside Villawood for Mr Rauluni yesterday, said his greatest fear now was for Eddie, who was due to be deported with his uncle on Monday and now remains in detention.

"I was able to counsel him today," Mr Roko said. "But from yesterday afternoon, he never ate food, never slept all night - he has just been crying. He is my worry now."

David Rauluni said he wanted to apply for permanent residency for his brothers Meli, Malakai and Koroi.
Mr Rauluni said he was so desperate to prevent Josefa being deported to Fiji he paid $2000 to a man who told him he would be able to "get people in high places" to issue him a visa.

The Sydney-based president of the Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement, Usaia Peter Waqatairewa, said Josefa Rauluni had admitted to him on Sunday that David had been scammed by a Fijian man who had come to Villawood claiming he could help him avoid deportation.

An Immigration Department spokesman said yesterday: "We are dealing with this in a careful and sensitive matter. We would encourage all friends, family and associates to show dignity and respect in their public commentary about this tragedy."


10 comments:

  1. My heart is heavy and goes out to the families of all affected by all the coups and to the family of Josefa Rauluni.
    australians generally, are a compassionate bunch, but unfortunately the debate around asylum seekers and refugees has been politicised, to the detriment of those who otherwise would be given protection under the australian governments Human rights obligations under the various International Conventions and Treaties on human rights etc.

    It is Political expedience that drives this Government and it was the same for the Howard Government, and the Refugees have become the new Political Football to the chant of both the major Political Parties, the Labour Party of Australia and the National Liberal Party of " kick it to me " !

    Fijians must demand that the Australian Government adheres to its own International Conventions and Treaties to which it it is a signatory and appeal to the International Community for this to be enforced within Australia.

    Fijians need to understand that in a Democracy, it's the people who make demands of their Government, not the other way around and that as Citizens, we have an obligation and duty to ensure that the Elected Members of the Parliament and the Prime Minister, adhere to our demands under the Constitution of Australia and the Rule of Law.

    If asylum is granted, it's not the Ministers who have bestowed a gift upon that person, it is the Citizens of Australia who by their demands, have ensured that due process has been followed.

    Sadly, since the " children overboard ' debacle under the Howard Government, the citizens of Australia have been fool and the Political process highjacked by unscrupulous tacticians within all political parties.

    Basically, no one in Australian Politics has the balls to stand up to the Australian public, Julia Gillard however, may be the exception, and I didn't mean that as a compliment, if you get my drift !

    It has to be recognised, that the current Prime Minister has stated her one of her main goals in life was to become the 1st. female Prime Minister, this achieved with back room deals with the faceless men of the Labour party, in the dead of night. then, it was to become the 1st. elected female Prime Minister and with the help of one of the Members of the Greens Party and two independents, she achieved that goal.
    She is, by her own admission, an atheist and lives in a de-facto relationship with her partner and chose career over children !

    Make of that what you will, but perhaps you can see that she will do anything to maintain the status quo ( to keep things as they are ), and I'm suspicious that her Government, under her leadership, has the heart or the will consequently, to fulfill it's obligations under the International conventions and Treaties.

    but remember, a hung Parliament means Julia Gillard could be thrown out of Office as quickly as she was put into it, if she were to lose even one Member of parliament and therein is our strength !

    So lobby your Local minister to make this government accountable to the public and it's own conventions and Treaties on ?human Rights and other issues.

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  2. Part 1
    My heart is heavy and goes out to the families of all affected by all the coups and to the family of Josefa Rauluni. Australians generally, are a compassionate bunch, but unfortunately the debate around asylum seekers and refugees has been politicised, to the detriment of those who otherwise would be given protection under the australian governments Human rights obligations under the various International Conventions and Treaties on human rights etc.
    It is Political expedience that drives this Government and it was the same for the Howard Government, and the Refugees have become the new Political Football to the chant of both the major Political Parties, the Labour Party of Australia and the National Liberal Party of " kick it to me " !
    Fijians must demand that the Australian Government adheres to its own International Conventions and Treaties to which it it is a signatory and appeal to the International Community for this to be enforced within Australia.
    Fijians need to understand that in a Democracy, it's the people who make demands of their Government, not the other way around and that as Citizens, we have an obligation and duty to ensure that the Elected Members of the Parliament and the Prime Minister, adhere to our demands under the Constitution of Australia and the Rule of Law.
    If asylum is granted, it's not the Ministers who have bestowed a gift upon that person, it is the Citizens of Australia who by their demands, have ensured that due process has been followed.
    Sadly, since the " children overboard ' debacle under the Howard Government, the citizens of Australia have been fool and the Political process highjacked by unscrupulous tacticians within all political parties.
    Basically, no one in Australian Politics has the balls to stand up to the Australian public, Julia Gillard however, may be the exception, and I didn't mean that as a compliment, if you get my drift !
    It has to be recognised, that the current Prime Minister has stated her one of her main goals in life was to become the 1st. female Prime Minister, this achieved with back room deals with the faceless men of the Labour party, in the dead of night. then, it was to become the 1st. elected female Prime Minister and with the help of one of the Members of the Greens Party and two independents, she achieved that goal.

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  3. Part 2

    She is, by her own admission, an atheist and lives in a de-facto relationship with her partner and chose career over children !
    Make of that what you will, but perhaps you can see that she will do anything to maintain the status quo ( to keep things as they are ), and I'm suspicious that her Government, under her leadership, has the heart or the will consequently, to fulfill it's obligations under the International Conventions and Treaties.

    It's up to Fijians to protest and demand that the elected Parliamentarians in Australia, abide by their own Conventions and Treaties on Human Rights.
    At present, no one should be forced to return to fiji in the current Political climate.

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  4. Another unbelievable DFAT stuff up. Legimate Fijian PM personally intervenes & vouches for someone -and they ignore it.

    What are these people on?

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  5. Mark Manning! With a heavy heart like yours, go enjoy what's left of your retirement and leave Fiji alone. You've been told many a time over the last 3 years that no one asked for or needed your help. We're all capable of helping ourselves if we all really wanted to. So go get lost pop!

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  6. Anonymous at 11:07 Speak for yourself. I for one appreciate Mark Manning's spirit and (most) contributions. We need to work together instead of chasing each other away. Keep on posting Mark.

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  7. Anon @ 11:07pm, baku we the Fijians appreciate what Mark Manning has done without anyone asking him to do so.
    You hypocrite SOB very sacastic of you, you swine. Why don't you speak for yourself, thank you NadroKid vinakavakalevu na tamata bokola i tamana qo me qauqauraki.

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  8. @ M&M.

    Don't let the lialia in our ranks ever get you down. Vinaka.

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  9. Mark Manning! As I was saying...why risk a heavy heart and some... screaming on behalf of these bavulus who are more than capable of fighting their own fight. Really. Don't you think it's time to hand it over to them? They don't need a shrieking cheerleader saying things to make them feel good that something's been done (NOT).

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  10. M&M.

    Said previously - when they start launching personal attacks - you know your getting too them.

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