refugee rights

ASYLUM SEEKER ART CRIES FREEDOM

Darwin and Northern Territory residents will have a rare opportunity to see first-hand an exhibition of more than 100 works of art from asylum seekers detained in Australia’s immigration detention centres and facilities.

Local curator Vikki Riley, who has worked with the artists from Vietnam, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq and Sri Lanka, said today the 12-day exhibition at the Supreme Court of Darwin afforded art lovers as well as supporters of those in detention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the stunning selection of high quality art works.

Event date: 
Thu, 09/08/2012 - 9:00am - Fri, 24/08/2012 - 5:00pm
Event time: 
Sun, 12/08/2012 - 9:00am
Phone: 
0467272127

PHOTOS: Thousands rally to bring them here

Thousands of people across Australia have been coming out to refugee rights rallies in the wake of the Guardian's Nauru files documenting the systemic abuse of refugees in the Nauru detention centre and the PNG Supreme Court

Refugee activists demanded the government immediately close all the detention centre's, end boat turnbacks and resettle all refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in Australia.

Sydney

Photos by Zebedee Parkes

Refugees: Bring them here, let them stay

The refugee rights movement is gaining momentum, but the establishment is looking for ways to placate and demobilise it.

The growing breadth of the campaign is evident in the response to the Guardian's release of the Nauru Files, which contained more than 2000 reports detailing sexual assault, child abuse and acts of self-harm in Nauru detention centre.

Almost immediately, "Love Makes A Way" actions were organised, involving a diversity of organisations protesting outside more than 40 Coalition and Labor MP's offices across the country on August 15.

More than 100 detention centre workers speak out

In an unprecedented move, more than 100 workers currently or previously employed in Australia's offshore detention centres called on the federal government on August 17 to immediately resettle refugees and asylum seekers in Australia.

Among those speaking out were doctors, teachers, case workers, managers and social workers from Broadspectrum (formerly Transfield), Save the Children, IHMS, Salvation Army and other contracted workers that have worked in the detention facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.

Academics call for humane approach to refugees

More than 1810 academics from across Australia, including distinguished experts in refugee law, policy, health and politics, have signed an open letter to PM Malcolm Turnbull calling for a just and humane approach for refugees.

The letter calls on the federal government to end offshore processing, boat turnbacks and the mandatory detention of asylum seekers.

Protests outside MP offices call for refugees to be brought here

The fence outside Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek's office in Ultimo was adorned with cardboard cut-outs of children trapped behind bars on August 15. Some had messages urging Australia to bring refugees from Manus and Nauru to Australia.

The action was one of more than 40 across the country. They were organised as a response to the bipartisan cruelty towards refugees exposed in the Nauru files released by the Guardian the previous week.

Close Manus, Close Nauru, Bring them here now

Refugee rights rally featuring speakers including: Paul Stevenson (Psychologist and traumatologist and whistle blower); Paddy McLisky (Doctors for Refugee); Sam Watson (Aboriginal Human Rights Activist)

Reddacliff Place, 6 Queen St, Brisbane.

Organised by Refugee Action Collective.

Event date: 
Sat, 27/08/2016 - 11:10am
Event time: 
Sat, 27/08/2016 - 11:00am

Alternatives to refugee cruelty

The issue of just treatment of asylum seekers is close to my heart. I am Jewish and the child of refugees who fled the Nazis. As a child of immigrants in Australia, I was picked on for being “different”.

My life of activism for social justice is rooted in this history. I am driven by a passion that all human beings should be included, should be valued, should be embraced. Inclusion is a fundamental value for me.

When we look at what this country is doing to people incarcerated in our detention centres, what other word can we truthfully use besides “cruelty”?

Protests outside MPs offices call for refugees to be brought here, includes photos

Labor's deputy leader Tanya Plibersek's office fence on Broadway in Ultimo was adorned with cardboard cut-outs of children trapped behind bars on August 15, with some holding messages urging that the refugees be bought to Australia.

The Sydney-based action was part of more than 40 nation-wide that were initiated by Love Makes A Way and organised by local groups, including the Uniting Church.

#BringThemHere/Newcastle

Rally for asylum seekers- Wheeler Place, Newcastle (tbc check http://tinyurl.com/hasa-fb)

Event date: 
Sat, 27/08/2016 - 3:00pm
Phone: 
0406296141
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