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.

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Thu, 09/08/2012 - 9:00am - Fri, 24/08/2012 - 5:00pm
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Sun, 12/08/2012 - 9:00am

Anne Frank was a refugee denied entry to the US

With refugees at the centre of debate after the terror attacks in Paris, the plight of European Jews fleeing Nazi Germany during the 1930s and '40s springs to mind as a parallel to the current crisis.

It has come to light in recent times that the family of Anne Frank — the Jewish teenager whose famous diary details her and her family's failed attempts to hide from the Nazis in Amsterdam — was among those denied the necessary papers that would have allowed them access to the United States.

The West's terror hypocrisy: who is the biggest threat?

Since the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13, the world's leaders and media have predictably reminding the world that the attacks' perpetrator – ISIS – has declared war to the death against humanity.

ISIS would not deny this. Indeed, making this point was the reason it carried out the Paris attacks, which killed 129 people.

Climate justice means supporting refugees

Kiribati, a nation made up of 33 islands in the South Pacific, is predicted to be one of the first countries to vanish beneath the sea before the end of the century. The government has already bought 2400 hectares of land in Fiji in case they need to more the entire population.

Teachers strike to free asylum seeker

More than 50 teachers at Yeronga State High School in Brisbane, including principal Terry Heath, held an afternoon strike on November 17 as part of their campaign to free 21-year-old Mojgan Shamsalipoor from immigration detention.

Ranjini finally released from immigration detention

After three years of campaigning, Tamil refugee Ranjini was suddenly released from Villawood detention centre on November 12.

Even though she had been granted refugee status, Ranjini was whisked off the streets of Melbourne and locked up in 2012, due to a sudden ASIO decision to declare her a threat to national security. She was never allowed to find out why this had happened, see the evidence or challenge it in a court.

More than 50 others suffered the same fate. Some have been released after six years in prison. Others are still there.

Justice for Asylum Seekers Forum

Newcastle Panthers Cnr King & Union St
Eyewitness accounts and Borderforce Act defiance by Christine Cummins (Borderforce Petition) and Carol Hucker (UN speech)
Legal perspectives- Kellie Tranter
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Event date: 
Fri, 11/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Kids Out of Detention

ALL Kids OUT of Detention
Railway Sheds Newcastle Foreshore Park
bring toys and banners and songs and food to share, BBQ available. We'll get together and work out what we can do to reach kids in offshore detention specifically
and just what we can do to give them their freedom
Hunter Asylum Seeker Advocacy Niko 0406296141
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Event date: 
Sat, 28/11/2015 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

'These hellholes should be closed'

Walk Together marches were held in cities and regional centres around Australia on October 31 as a celebration of diversity.

The aim of the marches was to present a picture to Australia's political leaders and media of a different Australia — one that is known for its compassion and generosity. Caroline de Costa gave this speech at the Cairns rally.

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New Zealanders protest for Christmas Island detainees, storm Aus. consulate in Auckland

Protesters outside the Australian consulate in Auckland.

Protesters in Auckland have stormed the Australian consulate on November 11 in protest at Australia's treatment of asylum seekers in prison camps, as well as the detention at Christmas Island of New Zealand citizens.

The protest, backed by trade union Unite and Global Peace and Justice Auckland, comes amid an uprising by Christmas Island detainees in the aftermath of the death of Iranian Kurdish refugee Fazel Chegeni.

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