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

Racism, Reclaim Australia & Refugee Policy

What is the connection between the racism of Australia's refugee policy and the rise of Reclaim Australia's brand of Islamophobic street politics? Is this bigotry created by Australia's political class? How can we address government policy and how it encourages societal racism.

Monday July 6th @ 6:30pm
The Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen Street East Perth 6000.

Organised by the Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) Perth.

Event date: 
Mon, 06/07/2015 - 6:30pm

Asylum seekers dealt a cruel blow by 11th hour legislation

Asylum-seekers and their supporters have been dealt a cruel blow this week thanks to the shameful, bipartisan support for offshore detention within the Australian parliament.

A High Court challenge to the legality of Australia’s offshore detention of asylum seekers has been undermined by an eleventh hour bill rushed through the House of Representatives and Senate, unamended and with ALP support, on June 24 and 25.

Green Left Weekly photographer and refugee Ali Bakhtiarvandi talks about his time in detention

Behind the Wire is an oral history project documenting the stories of men, women and children who have experienced mandatory detention. It seeks to bring a new perspective to the public understanding of mandatory detention by sharing the reality of the people who have lived it.

Green Left Weekly photographer and Socialist Alliance member Ali Bakhtiarvandi was one of those interviewed. This is a brief excerpt of his story. You can read the full story here.

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Protest creates possibilities

Brad Chilcott is the director of Welcome to Australia, a community organisation that, according to its Facebook page, is “dedicated to giving asylum seekers, refugees, new arrivals and long-term migrant residents of Australia a warm, dignified and positive Welcome to Australia”.

An article by Chilcott entitled Possibility before Protest has appeared on, a website for ALP members and supporters.

The article does not clarify Chilcott’s relationship with the ALP.

Protests to stop forced transfers to Nauru

Melbourne rally to return baby Asha on June 25. Photo ASRC/Facebook

The campaign to bring back baby "Asha" (not her real name) from Nauru is gaining momentum. The five-month-old baby girl, her mother and father were forcibly transported from Melbourne's detention centre to Darwin detention centre and then to Nauru in early June.

Melbourne rally calls to bring back baby Asha from Nauru

Hundreds of people rallied in Melbourne on June 25 to protest against the transfer of a young baby, Asha, to the Nauru detention centre.

The rally occurred on the same day as the federal government, with support from the Labor opposition, voted to change the law to keep the prisons on Nauru and Manus Island open to defeat a high court challenge.

Pamela Curr from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre said: "We can defeat this criminal policy, but it won't be easy."

Tony Abbott’s latest cruel act in his ‘stop the boats’ pantomime

The Tony Abbott government’s illegal “Turn Back the Boats” policy is under further scrutiny, following media revelations that in late May, Australian customs officials paid $US30,000 to six crew members on a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Myanmar, which was heading to New Zealand, from Indonesia.

Children in detention highlighted at World Refugee Day protest in Melbourne

On June 21, thousands of people rallied in Melbourne against the Australian government's ongoing cruelty to refugees, especially highlighting abuses against children in detention.

Mohammad Ali Baqiri, a refugee who was locked up on Nauru as a child in 2001 said: "Having experienced the horror of Nauru, no one should be locked up there."

Vivian Malo and Robert Thorpe from First Nations Liberation condemned the racist government and offered First Nations passports for refugees.

A coffin was brought to the rally to symbolise the death of human rights in Australia.

People have the right to move freely: it's time to welcome all the boats

Albert Einstein said the purpose of socialism is to overcome and advance beyond the predatory phase of human development.

Today it seems the predatory phase is here to stay. The choice between socialism or barbarism is now pressing us on all sides.

Mining, for instance, pays little in taxes, but we subsidise it to $4 billion a year — and will bear its health burdens for generations to come.

As former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd found when he tried to make mining companies pay reasonable taxes, it is a rogue industry.

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