refugee rights

“Stop trampling rights to win votes”; “Stop breaking laws to win votes”; “Stop racist policy risking lives” and “Stop the freeze on asylum seekers' rights” were key slogans at a rally organised by Amnesty International and other human rights organisations on May 8, as part of a national day of action.

The 300 protesters heard from Chaman Shah Nasiri, a Hazara refugee from Afghanistan who had suffered in the now-closed Nauru detention camp under previous Coalition prime minister John Howard's Pacific Solution policy.

In the United States, Google-owned video-sharing site YouTube has banned the video for hip hop star M.I.A.’s new single “Born Free”, citing the graphic nature of its content.

More than nine minutes long, the clip, directed by Romain Gavras, begins with heavily armed soldiers with US flags on their uniforms raiding someone’s home. The location is not known, but the setting is reminiscent of Baghdad or the Palestinian West Bank.

Forty refugee rights supporters protested outside Labor foreign minister Stephen Smith's office on April 23, demanding an end to the government's "freeze" on asylum-seeker applications from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

Speakers included Refugee Rights Action Network members Phil Chilton and Victoria Martin-Iverson, Socialist Alliance candidate for Perth Alex Bainbridge and Greens Senator Scott Ludlam.

The next action planned by the Refugee Rights Action Network is an overnight vigil outside the Perth Immigration Detention Centre on May 7.

Over April 19-20, Indonesian police and naval officers forced almost 150 Tamils onto buses at Port Merak and took them to the Tanjung Pinang detention centre. For seven months, more than 250 Tamils had withstood appalling conditions aboard a squalid boat at the West Java port.

Their hope was for refugee status in Australia. Their fear was of being locked up in Indonesian detention centres or deported back to Sri Lanka.

Two hundred and seventy people gathered for the Resistance 2010: The World Can't Wait! conference in Thirroul, near Wollongong, over April 24-26. The national conference brought together young activists from all over Australia to discuss a broad range of political issues and to get organised in the face of an uncertain future.

Gathering at politicans' offices with 12 empty chairs and 12 pairs of shoes representing the deaths of 12 people in detention or in community. 

Time:   3.30pm - Gather outside Richard Marles office 17a Yarra St Geelong

             4.30pm - Gather outside Sarah Hendersons office 195 Colac Rd Waurn Ponds

             5.30pm - Gather at corner of Latrobe Terrace & Ryrie St Geelong with banners

Actions organised by the Combined Refugee Action Group as part of a week of national protest action.

years too many for the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.

We need to loudly tell the Coalition government to Bring Them Here, and in the lead up to ALP national conference, tell the ALP it’s time to change policy.

Offshore processing must end

Boat turnbacks must end

CLOSE MANUS, CLOSE NAURU

BRING THEM HERE

State Library, Swanson Street, Melbourne

Evacuate Manus NOW!

Saturday November 25 @ 2pm
The Perth Cultural Centre, 47 James St Mall, Northbridge

Hosted by Refugee Rights Action Network Perth

https://www.facebook.com/events/185759778640477/ 

Rescue Rainbow Refugees - RRAN at Perth Pride

Saturday November 25 @ 6pm
Perth Activist Centre, 15/5 Aberdeen St East Perth

Contingent at the Perth Pride Parade

Hosted by Refugee Rights Action Network Perth

https://www.facebook.com/events/193556334526040/

Organising meeting in the Garden Room at Kent House, 141 Faulkner Street, Armidale.

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