Jan 2019 | ACTU calls for an inquiry into arrest of Australian footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi

Date: 22 Jan 2019

Source: SBS

The Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) has joined a chorus of voices calling for the release of Bahraini refugee and Australian permanent resident Hakeem Al-Araibi, who has been detained in a Thai prison since November last year.

"Hakeem is an Australian permanent resident and an Australian union member. Our movement will not accept this kind of treatment of any of our members," ACTU President Michele O'Neil said.

"It's deeply disturbing that our own authorities would help a country to extradite an Australian resident when they are accused of torturing that person."

Mr Al-Araibi, 25, was arrested after arriving in Bangkok for a holiday due to an Interpol red notice issued by Bahrain for an alleged act of vandalism in his home country. The notice has since been withdrawn. 

Australian football associations and figures were quick to rally around the Melbourne-based semi-professional footballer, but as the detention stretches into its third month, a variety of organisations, including the Australian Human Rights Commission and Amnesty International, have spoken out.