Vigil for asylum seekers in Australian detention
On February 17, 2014 Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati was murdered while in Australian care at their detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
On February 17, 2014 Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati was murdered while in Australian care at their detention centre on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. Last year we held a vigil on the first anniversary of that tragic event. This year we will do the same.
While we memorialise Reza's needless killing, we'll also be showing solidarity with Australian activists doing the right thing and pressuring their government to shut down these centres. This lives of hundreds of people, including many children, have been used for political capital and fearmongering from politicians in both the Liberal and Labor parties in Australia. But it has also galvanised a generation of activists who, from across the Tasman, we want to pay hommage to.
NOTE: this is at 8am until about 9.30am so that people can come before work and so that there is news of it in the media as the Australians are getting up to stage their own vigils on this day.
Wednesday, 17 February, 8am
Australian Embassy, 72-76 Hobson Street, Thorndon, Wellington