Refugees

The Turkish government’s attacks on the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria’s (DFNS) Afrin Canton in northern Syria are an attack on refugees.

The approach of the Kurdish-led forces to the Syrian refugee crisis, in which millions of people have become displaced, should be an inspiration.

Western television cameras have captured footage of people taking the dangerous voyage across the Mediterranean Sea seeking safety in Europe. But thousands more are also fleeing to Rojava.

As concerned Australians, we condemn Turkey’s invasion of the mainly Kurdish canton of Afrin in northern Syria, and demand that the Australian Government do all in its power to protest and stop Turkey’s brazen criminal aggression.

Around 500 refugees on Nauru have signed a petition to Australian Border Force demanding a timetable for refugee resettlement, to be immediately resettled in Australia pending any further resettlement options and to reunite families that have been separated.

About 130 refugees will fly to the US in the next month: 40 refugees flew from Port Moresby on January 23 and the remaining 90 refugees from Nauru are scheduled to fly in February.

More than 200 detainees at detention centres in Villawood in Sydney and Maribyrnong in Melbourne, were on hunger strike for five days from January 15–19 in protest at visitor restrictions announced by Border Force.

Beginning January 22, visitors will have to give five days’ notice of any visit and fill in a five-page form, with actual visits restricted to one-on-one.

Visitors will be required to provide 100 points of identification.

The Manus Island mess continues. The refugees and asylum seekers, who are clearly Australia’s responsibility, continue to live in fear and insecurity. This is a disgrace.

You are invited to join the ARAR walkaround protest on Thurdsay morning from 9.15am to 9.45am. Just for half an hour.

Meet at the Dangar Street end of the Mall, outside the New England Hotel. There will be signs to carry (or bring your own) and we’ll walk through the Mall and then around other shopping places.

Monthly meeting at 5:15pm on the third Wednesday of the month in the Garden Room at Kent House, 141 Faulkner Street Armidale, NSW, 2350.

Parramatta film screening hosted by Refugee Action Coalition Sydney (RAC)

Event Cinemas Parramatta, Westfield Parramatta. Level 4

Shot on his mobile phone from inside detention on Manus Island and sent to filmmaker Arash Kamali Sarvestani, this film by Kurdish-Iranian refugee and journalist Behrouz Boochani is a unique record of life inside detention. The film is still on limited release: don't miss your chance to see it.

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