In 2013 when he was just a child, Loghman Sawari fled Iran only to be unlawfully detained on Manus Island where he faced unrelenting persecution and abuse.
Australian Government’s solution to the refugee crisis is to trap vulnerable people seeking safety on Manus Island or Nauru. The living conditions on these islands are hopeless. Movement is restricted, there’s inadequate medical care, and violent assaults continue to be reported.
Loghman recounts being assaulted by a guard, being imprisoned without charge and being forced to leave his work due to immense discrimination. Desperate to escape this hopelessness, he decided to flee yet again.
He flew to Fiji, reportedly using false documents. Once there, Fiji officials gave assurances that he’d be able to access asylum, but was quickly intercepted and deported back to PNG where he was held for 30 hours without any contact with his lawyer.
Loghman was charged with using false documents and could face a hefty fine as well as six months imprisonment.
Fleeing danger and seeking safety is a human right and is legal, even if false documents are used.
Loghman has been released on bail, but he’s suffered for so long that fears are rising for his safety as he awaits his sentence.
Join our call on the PNG High Commissioner to demand that the charges are dropped immediately. Urge him to do everything in his power to ensure Loghman’s protection and resettlement in Australia or another safe country.
To maximise our impact at this critical time, we’ll also be send your names to the PNG Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration demanding freedom and safety.
UPDATE 06/04/17: Loghman has been detained at Waigani Police cells under new charges under the Migration Act. His next court date is scheduled for 18 April. Please keep taking action to secure his freedom.