Melbourne

Thursday, July 2

Speakers: Rosie Batty, Hugh de Kretser (Human Rights Law Centre), Elizabeth Broderick (Sex Discrimination Commissioner), Kirstie Parker (co-chair of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples & the National Justice Coalition). Presented by Human Rights Law Centre & Women's Legal Service. 6:15pm. Melbourne City Conference Centre, 333 Swanston St, City. $20/$12. Bookings here.

Julian Assange has just been arrested in London. JOIN THE PROTEST to Defend Assange and WikiLeaks on Human Rights Day in Melbourne, this Friday December 10, 4.30pm at the State Library.

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The demonstration will go till about 6 or so - so people should come after work.

Cause: This will be a fundraiser to help pay for a computer for Mahmoud., a refugee from Palestine who has had to seek asylum in Australia. He has been in detention centres for too long and even after being granted refugee status remains locked upwaiting for a 'security check' which is still pending after7 months. Mahmoud is a talented illustrator and animator and this computer will allow him to start telling stories of refugees and to start being creative again.

The Gasometer Hotel, 484 Smith St, Collingwood. Entry by donation ($8 minimum).

Tuesday, June 24

Bring finger food and 1 or 2 items to auction. 6pm. 3CR, Upstairs Meeting Room, 21 Smith St, Fitzroy.

On Australia Day 2008 respected Aboriginal elder, Mr Ward, died in the back of a prison transport van. Temperatures outside were in the 40s. Air-conditioning in the van failed. By the end of the 4 hour journey Mr Ward was suffering from third degree burns and could not be revived.

Global inequality, the 'war on terror' & refugees

Friday, January 18, 7pm. Trades Hall, 127 Myers St, Geelong. Featuring international guest speaker from Pakistan, Hashim bin Rashid, journalist and Lahore branch general secretary of the newly formed Awami Workers Party, human rights lawyer Rob Stary and refugee activist Sue Bolton. For more info ph 9639 8622 or 0413 377 978.

Wednesday, August 17

The use of rape as a deliberate tactic of war is a serious human rights issue that needs to be addressed as a threat to human and international security. Brenda Fitzpatrick's ground-breaking book is the first to analyse its use as an act of war against civilians and international progress away from tacit acceptance toward active rejection of this violation of international law. 6.30pm. Readings Book Store, 309 Lygon St, Carlton.

We want to see the biggest rally of people with disabilities this country has ever seen so that the National Disability Insurance Scheme becomes a reality. 12 noon. Federation Square, cnr Flinders & Swanston Sts, City.

Level 1, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton

Registrations essential.
Registrations close at 5pm on 17 October

7pm. Kindness House, 288 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. Admission by donation for West Papuans behind bars.

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