Paul Quintos is the international policy officer of the Filipino think-tank the IBON Foundation. He and at least seven other activists from the Philippines were detained and deported by immigration officials at Seoul Incheon Airport prior to the start of the Seoul G20 conference. This is the address he sent after his expulsion to delegates who were attending an IBON-sponsored conference on Charting Alternatives for the Global Economy.
First of all, I would like to express my deep regret that I am unable to join you today in Korea.
Toronto's legendary refugee rights lawyer Barb Jackman has a unique way of framing issues at their most human level, an art often lost by those who spend their lives in courts and immigration tribunals fighting for their clients' right not to be deported to torture and other cruelties. Testifying recently before a Senate committee on a repressive piece of deportation legislation, Jackman aptly summed up the mean political culture that increasingly grips the land.
I'm a staffer at RISE: Refugees, Survivors & Ex-Detainees - the only refugee/asylum seeker support and advocacy group in Australia that is governed and run by members of the refugee and asylum seeker communities.
On Tuesday 17 July, Mr X (his identity cannot be revealed for fear of reprisals against him and/or his family by the Sri Lankan government), was taken out of the community in Melbourne where he was staying with his sister and brother-in-law and detained at Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre in the suburbs of Melbourne.