refugee rights


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

Michele O'Neil: Supporting boat turn-backs reinforces idea that seeking asylum is a crime

The Australian Labor Party’s 47th National Conference was held in Melbourne from July 24 to 26. It is its highest decision-making forum and the largest political gathering in the country. The conference decides the policies that Labor will take to the next federal election and potentially implement in government.

A few days before the conference began, Labor leader Bill Shorten announced a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats, essentially agreeing with the Coalition government’s policy.

Labor turns its back on asylum seekers

The results of the recent Australian Labor Party (ALP) conference vote on boat turnbacks shows why building a progressive alternative to the left of the ALP in Australia today is urgently needed.

‘Kill Bill’: another test for Labor

Refugees injured by guard violence. Manus Island, 2014.

The proposed Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015, or, as it is better known, “the Kill Bill” will be another test for Labor on asylum seeker policy.

Refugee supporters tell ALP: ‘grow a backbone’

The Whistleblowers , Activists and Citizens’ Alliance released this statement on July 25.
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Refugee supporters broke through security barriers at the ALP conference today, dropping a banner reading “No refugee tow-backs” and wearing shirts saying “turn back the votes” in opposition to Labor's boat turn-back policy.

Refugees: Labor stoops, activists step up

On July 26 more than 150 activists from around the country met in Melbourne for the National Refugee Rights Conference, hosted by the Refugee Action Collective (Victoria).

Many of the participants had attended the protest outside the ALP national conference the day before, and inevitably discussion revolved around the decision of the majority of delegates to reject an explicit ban on refugee boat "turn backs" which paves the way for Labor to once again follow Coalition policy.

Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees

Organising meeting at Kent House, 142 Faulkner Street. All welcome!

Event date: 
Wed, 19/08/2015 - 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Event time: 
Wed, 19/08/2015 - 5:15pm

Bulgaria: Refugees illegally jailed and abused

There has been a huge rise in asylum seekers in Bulgaria as a direct result of instability in North Africa and the Middle East.

They use Bulgaria as a land entry into the European Union. The Bulgarian tabloid press has coined the phrase “wave”, which has now entered political and popular language.

In 2009, the newly-elected government greatly changed the way the law was interpreted and enforced. Before 2010, there was not a single “illegal immigrant” convicted and jailed in the criminal prisons.

Follow the money: Offshore and Out of Sight

Follow the money: Offshore and Out of Sight

Australia detains fewer than 2,000 people on Manus Island and Nauru at a cost of $1.2b a year. The 'border protection' portfolio is the Federal Government's highest line of expense, totalling $3.3b in 2014-2015 in spending.

The plight of asylum seekers benefits the detention industrial complex, run by corporations that profit from incarceration of people who are locked behind the barbed wire for political and economic reasons.

Event date: 
Sun, 23/08/2015 - 4:00pm

Asylum seekers speak of their ordeal

Sixty people listened as refugees gave harrowing accounts of what had led them to seek asylum in Australia at a forum in Parramatta on July 15 organised by People Just Like Us.

Shokufa Tahiri and Ezatullah Salar spoke about the long history of oppression of the Hazara minority in Afghanistan.

In 1890, Abdur Rahman Khan exterminated 63% of the minority group and until the 1930s Hazaras were systematically driven out of cities, and deprived of citizenship and education. Under the Taliban, it became a crime to be Hazara, Turkic or Shia.

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