Azzam el Sheikh

Is this our refugee assessment process?

Dear Prime Minister,

Azzam el Sheikh describes his refugee status assessments in 2014 which resulted in a negative status.

The first time they changed what I said. When I asked them to check the recorded voice they refused. They said ‘make an appeal’.
The last meeting with immigration I asked them to check the situation in Lebanon. and public security. I said, ‘You are the person who will make the decision if I get deported or not.’ He said yes. I said, ‘Where is Lebanon? Which continent?’ He said, Africa. I said, ‘Which countries do we have as borders?’ He said, I do not know. I said, ‘How many parties do we have?’. He said he did not know. I said, ‘Do you know how many people have guns?’ No. I said, ‘Do you know the number of people who have guns not under the army or government?’ No. I said, ‘’How can you make a decision then if you don’t know anything?’
They have a recording of that too.
They do not use any rules. I said get that recording. Australia has that. If it says I’m a liar I’ll go back on same day.
For no reason. They reject us for no reason.
— By Azzam el Cheikh 6 May 2017.

Close the camps. Bring them here.

End offshore detention. Close the camps.

Dear Prime Minister,

Red Cross have seen Azzam el Sheikh in Port Moresby's Bomana gaol and requested to the prison Commander that he be taken to hospital immediately. He was beaten up in Lorengau gaol by the order of an Australian man in plain clothes and has been untreated and not even showered for 26 days. His 'offence'? He refused Australia's offer of cash to return to Lebanon and asked for a review of his refugee status, as is his legal right.

When I rang Peter Dutton's office about Azzam I was told I was invading Azzam's privacy.  Whose interest is this privacy? Not Azzam's. Behind the privacy screen it seems that Australia feels free to be more brutal and callous than can be believed possible.

Close the camps and bring them here.

Azzam el Sheikh

Dear Prime Minister,

Azzam el Sheikh, a refugee from Lebanon, has now endured 19 days without any medical care for his multiple injuries, despite being in the presence of a GP more than once. He has not even been able to shower or change his clothes. He is still in police custody in Port Moresby even though he has not been charged with any offence. This prolonged cruelty must stop. Bring Azzam el Sheikh to Australia for proper medical treatment.