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Join the Refugee Rights Action Network to mark Human Rights Day and to demand an end to human rights abuses in Australia.
* end mandatory detention
* allow refugee boats to land
* no offshore processing
* welcome refugees into the community
3pm Sun 8 December
Murray Street Mall (near Perth Underground Station)
Attend on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/events/1472528062971821
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Please join the solidarity vigil:
6:15pm, Fri 8 Nov
St Mary’s Cathedral,
17 Victoria Square, Perth
There are currently around 300 Catholic asylum seekers detained in the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre just outside Northam, and hundreds more detained in detention centres throughout Australia. These people are fleeing religious persecution from the Vietnamese government predominantly in the town of Vinh.
These attacks include large groups of police, army, militiamen, and thugs who assault priests and the faithful.
Recently governmetn forces seized the chapel Con Cuong, desecrated the Eucharit Host, and smashed a statue of the Virgin Mary. Fleeing this ongoing persecution, hundreds of people have resorted to taking the perilous boat journey from Vietnam to Australia to seek asylum.
Of particular concern to refugee advocates is taht the Australian Department of Immigration are allowing a branch of the Vietnamese pollice to enter the detention centres and interrogate these asylum seekers. Following these interrogations, some have been so frightened that they have taken desperate measures such as selfharm, attempted suicide and escape. Additionally, families of the people interviewed, still in Vietnam, have faced increased persecution including harassment and arrest.
Another significant area of concern is that the Australian Department of Immigration is using the so-called “screening out” process to refuse large numbers of Vietnamese asylum seekers to enter teh refugee determination process. This means their claim for asylum will not be hear and that they will be deported to danger in Vietnam.
One of the basic tenets of the UN Refugee Convention is the protection of those who are persecuted for their religious beliefs. We hope to join with the Australian Catholic community to call upon our government to live up to its responsibilities. They must refuse to allow the persecutors of Vietnamese asylum seekers to interrogate them in Australian facilities. They must hear their claims for asylum and judge them on their merits.
The current approach of inflicting ever more cruelty on refugees, including dumping them on our poorest neighbours, will cost many lives and billions of dollars, and is wrong. The right way forward needs a commitment to a genuine regional approach that cares for refugees with the kind of political leadership shown after the Vietnam War.
On the 31st of August, several leading legal, political, humanitarian and human rights experts joined over 300 people to discuss genuine and effective responses to this complex humanitarian and political issue. The panellists were Julian Burnside, Senator Scott Ludlam (Australian Greens), Rosemary Hudson-Miller (Uniting Church), Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny (Curtin University) and Phil Chilton (RRAN).
Co-sponsored by the Greens (WA), Uniting Church, Curtin University Centre for Human Rights Education, Human Rights Centre and the Refugee Rights Action Network
Tagged with: Forum
There is nothing illegal about crossing a border to seek asylum. Refugees are not “illegal” and should have their human rights respected. This rally is calling for an end to the “PNG solution”, an end to offshore processing, an end to mandatory detention and for freedom for refugees.
1pm, Sat 24 August
Murray Street Mall, Perth City
“let them land, let them stay”
Organised by Refugee Rights Action Network
Attend on FaceBook: www.facebook.com/events/768130646539128
Vigil outside Melissa Parke’s office
To to demonstrate community opposition to the PNG “solution” and Ms Parkes’ support for abandonment of the refugee convention.
4pm, Thursday 15 Aug
Melissa Parke’s office, 62 Wray Ave, Fremantle
We will be delivering copies of petitions we have been gathering signatures on opposing the off shore processing of asylum seekers.
On the 1st of July, we announced that we were moving from our old Facebook group to our new Facebook page. Since then, nearly 600 people have liked our page, and our rally events have reached over 8,000 people!
And while we’ve experimented with a bit of paid Facebook advertising to help promote our rallies, we’d like to try something even better — Donate Your Account.
What is Donate Your Account?
In a nutshell, Donate Your Account (DYA) allows people to ‘donate’ their Facebook and/or Twitter accounts. Well, almost. A better way of putting it is that it allows you to share your accounts with groups that you like so they can make a limited number of posts on your behalf. These posts are clearly identified as donated, but since they’re coming from your account, they are seen by all of your friends — and all of this is done automatically so you don’t even need to share them yourself (unless you want to add a comment or introduction). Also, you get to choose how many posts you want to share — the current options are one per day, one per week and one per month.
What this means to RRAN is that instead of our posts being seen by 600 people, we could very easily reach over 10,000 people. And we could share information about our events, myth busters and important news stories with your friends without having to run paid Facebook ads.
What exactly will we publish?
At the moment, we have three DYA campaigns — what we publish through your account depends on which of the campaign(s) you choose to sign up for:
- Refugee Rights Action Network WA, our general campaign which we’ll use to share information about coming RRAN events and important fact sheets and news updates;
- RRAN WA Myth-busters, which will be used to share myth-busters and fact-checking information; and
- RRAN WA Dispatches, which we’ll use to share investigative reports and findings on government and corporate policies and abuses.
Also, please note that the number of posts you choose to donate are an upper limit — especially for the latter two campaigns, we are unlikely to share more than a couple of stories per week. Plus you can always change your donation.
So if you’d like to help out the campaign, you can do so in four easy steps:
Step 1: Click on one or more of the above links
Step 2: Click on ‘Donate Facebook’:
Step 3: In order to share posts with your friends, DYA needs access to your friend list; click ‘OK’:
Step 4: Choose who you want to share our posts with (we’d recommend ‘Friends of friends’ or ‘Friends’, but you can go public too):
Step 5: Choose your donation level and click ‘Donate Your Facebook Account’:
That’s it! Thank you for helping us spread the word and the facts. And if you want to review or change your DYA settings, just go to My Apps on Facebook, and click on ‘Donate Your Account’.
After an excellent turnout at last Saturday’s rally, lets keep up the pressure on the government and the Coalition. In the lead-up to the election it is critical that we maintain the momentum and express our outrage through further protests.
The government has increased the vilification of refugees with an advertising blitz worth millions of dollars. They have so much blood on their hands. It was revealed this week that rescue attempts of refugees in distress at sea were deliberately delayed. Meanwhile thousands languish in detention centres until their spirit is crushed. We can’t allow this to continue.
Check out the facebook event here, click attending and be sure to invite your friends!
Rally again to show your opposition to the current policy and to help win a policy of closing all detention centres and welcoming refugees.
1pm Sat 3 August
Murray Street Mall, Perth City
Tagged with: Protest
Join the Refugee Rights Action Network this Saturday the 27th of July, 1pm in the Murray St Mall to protest against Rudd’s policy changes to asylum seeker processing.
You can find the facebook event by clicking here. Please click attending and invite your friends.
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On Saturday July 20, between 200-300 people protested in Perth against Rudd’s extreme plan to never again allow refugees arriving by boat to be settled in Australia. The protest was organised with less than 24 hours notice.
(Similar rallies were held in other cities and were well attended too.)
1pm Sat 27 July
Murray Street Mall, Perth city
An important moment has been reached in the campaign for refugee rights and whether this is your first rally or you’ve been to many, we need to demonstrate now that we will not allow this abject betrayal of human rights to go unchallenged.
This policy will not stop boats. It will only punish the innocent people who come to Australia seeking our help.
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Perth group Action for Human Rights in Tamil Eelam and Sri Lanka held a screening of the documentary No Fire Zone on Sunday, June 30th as part of the national tour. The film documents the war crimes perpetrated against the Tamil people in the last 138 days of the civil war in Sri Lanka with confronting footage taken by those on the ground experiencing the shocking events.
This is essential viewing in a country that receives applicants for asylum from Sri Lanka, particularly in light of the comments made by Bob Carr during the past week dubbing asylum seekers from Sri Lanka “economic migrants”.
The “screening out” procedures used by the government to justify this are extremely suspect. In the Q&A session after the showing, directory Callum MacRae stated that as Sri Lanka considers those attempting to flee the country as “enemies”, forced deportations are incredibly dangerous. He and co-panelist Senator Scott Ludlam led a spirited discussion of the issues facing Tamils in their quest for justice and safety.
RRAN MeetingsRRAN is currently meeting on Mondays from 6.30pm at the Activist Centre, U15/5 Aberdeen Street, Perth (just north of the McIver Train Station). For more details, send us a message via our Contact page, or call/text us on 0417 904 329.
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