Remember Khodayar Amini

Dear Prime Minister,

Today is the second anniversary of Khodayar Amini's death. The day before he died he sent a message in Dari to his friend, a refugee advocate. The draconian Australian immigration system gave him, a refugee, no place to go. This is a translation of his words:

I Khodayar Amini write the following few sentences with my blood for those apathetic so called human beings. Yes they did this to me, with slogans of humanity, sentenced me to death. My crime was that I was a refugee. They tortured me for 37 months and during all these times, they treated me in the most cruel and inhumane way. They violated my basic human right and took away my human dignity with their false and so called humane slogans. They killed me as well as many of my friends such as: Nasim Najafi, Reza Rezayee and Ahmad Ali Jaffari. They were my friends and their crime was that they had sought asylum in Australia. I write this statement with my blood for those who call themselves human beings, I ask you to stand up for the rights of refugees and stop people being killed just because they have become refugees. Humanity is not a slogan; every human being has the right to live. Living shouldn’t be a crime anymore. Red Cross, Immigration and the Police killed me with their slogans of humanity and cruel treatments.
— Khodayar Amini, died 18/10/2015

Australian refugee advocates see, over and over again, asylum seekers and refugees who suffer torture, humiliation and are killed, directly and indirectly, by the Australian state. There have been 29 of these deaths on Australian soil since 2010.

The process is designed to fail. There is no transparency. There is no accountability. Refugees pay a terrible price.

Prime Minister, show leadership for genuine human rights. Not platitudes on the International stage but tangible rights that all citizens, refugees and asylum seekers can experience directly and completely. Let there be no more suffering, no more deaths.