Another Refugee Hospitalised After Ambulance Called to MITA

Refugee Action Coalition

Media Update 24/06/2021


Another Medevac refugee has been taken to hospital this afternoon, after an ambulance attended at MITA detention centre around 4.00pm, Thursday 24 June.


This leaves 12 Medevac refugees on hunger strike in the MITA detention centre. There are serious concerns for one of the refugees who has been in Northern hospital for three days. Another refugee hospitalised last night was returned to the detention centre this afternoon.


This leaves 12 Medevac refugees on hunger strike in the MITA detention centre. There are serious concerns for one of the refugees who has been in Northern hospital for three days. Another refugee hospitalised last night was returned to the detention centre this afternoon.

"We are extremely concerned for the welfare of ther hunger strikers," said Ian Rintoul, a spokseperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, "It is an indication of the seriousness of the situation that people are collapsing and requiring medical intervention so early in a hunger strike protest."


Half of the Medevac refugees brought to Australia in 2019 have been released, but none have been released since February.


"The Minister has the discretionary power to release the remaining Medevac refugees. She should use it, instead of playing political games with their lives," said Rintoul.


For more information call Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713