#header-inner img {margin: 0 auto !important; #header-inner {text-align: Center ;} Fiji Coupfourpointfive: 'We are begging them to listen to Fijians who have been applying for visas'

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

'We are begging them to listen to Fijians who have been applying for visas'

ABC News: Sydney
There is deep distress in Griffith at news a Fijian man who had lived in the town for a year was the person who jumped to his death from the roof of the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney on Monday.

Bankstown police will prepare a report for the coroner on the death of Josevata Rauluni, 36.

Griffith Fijian community leader Sai Laveta says Mr Rauluni leaves three brothers behind in Australia - one is an Australian citizen. He says they are now trying to return Mr Rauluni's body to Griffith.

Mr Laveta says Mr Rauluni's visa was previously extended and he had genuine fears for his safety about returning to Fiji.
"What he couldn't understand is the way Immigration used to come and renew his visa, they didn't bother just to renew his visa," he said.

"They took him and he told them, 'I'm not going to Fiji', he did advise them that he wouldn't go to Fiji unless in body bag." Mr Laveta is urging officials to listen to Fijian people in Australia who are seeking protection because of the current military regime.

"We are begging them to listen to the Fijians who are in Griffith, all over Australia who have been applying for protection visas," he said. "The former prime minister of Fiji, we still regard him as the official prime minister of Fiji."

The coordinator of Griffith's Migrant Settlement Services, Margaret King, says Mr Rauluni's bridging visa had expired, which is why he was in detention. Ms King says waiting for claims to be assessed can be overwhelming for asylum seekers.

"I guess at the end of the day their frustration builds and unfortunately he received bad news which was he had to return home and he obviously felt that wasn't an option for him and it was just devastating the actions he took," she said.

The chairwoman of Australia's Immigration Detention Advisory group says there is a high likelihood of more protests from asylum seekers and possibly more suicides. Psychiatry professor Dr Louise Newman told the ABC's AM Program that processing times are increasing in a detention system which is stressed.


tiger balm said...

From the Fiji Sun today:
We sympathise with the death of 36-year-old Josefa Rauluni, who leapt from the roof of the Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre.

This is hours before he was to be deported to Fiji.

What makes it sad is the untrue picture the Australian media is trying to put out about Fiji.

There were claims that Mr Rauluni, who is an advocate for democracy, feared for his life if he was to return to his homeland.

These claims are not true at all.

Life in Fiji is normal. People are going about their daily lives without any fear of attacks or any form of victimisation.

The Government is continuing its development work to ensure that the country is ready for general elections in 2014.

And also, there’s no need for the Government to go after anyone because its focus is on useful issues that bring about nation-building, which is good for us and our future generation.

Anonymous said...

It matters jack shit what the regime says or doesn't say regarding the unfortunate death of
Josefa Raluni - what matters is that he sincerely believed he was in danger if he was returned to Fiji. Keep in mind? It's a well documented fact that this regime has form in extracting revenge on its opponents - as the families of the CRW soldiers and others can testify.

ex Fiji tourist said...

Thanks 'pussy' for posting that rubbish from the comedy sheet; pure propaganda straight from the ministry of misinformation

mark manning said...

The author of this story was incorrectly quoted by the Reporter and apparently it is a Sydney man who Josefa was going to witness against in an upcoming trial..

Jekesoni Saumaki said...

@ tiger big bum, you lying MF, what about the Turaga Qaranivalu, the Gone Marama RTD, the Turaga Tui Cakau, and all those who were taken into QEB and assaulted for speaking up against vorecekelevu you bastard.
Don't you ever come and try to pull the blinds over our eyes, Iam here at home and noone dares to talk negative about this BS of an administration for fear of been taken up to QEB or the police station.
BS thats what this admin is all about fricken BS and you are just one of them, pathetic SOB.