Refugee Speak Out TODAY – Sydney Town Hall

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Rudd, this is how "safe" Afghan refugees are

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New York Times – Afghanistan: U.N pulls workers

by Alissa J. Rubin

The United Nations withdrew most of its local staff members from Kandahar on Tuesday and instructed its local Afghan employees there to stay home in the coming days because of what it called the “deteriorating” security situation in the southern city, a spokeswoman said. The United Nations is often a bellwether of the level of insecurity, and the decision forced it to effectively suspend its operations, said Susan Manuel, the organization’s spokeswoman in Kabul. “We hope it will be temporary,” she said. There are about 200 United Nations employees in Kandahar.

Human Lifering for refugees, Bondi: 8th May

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AMNESTY CALL FOR NATIONAL ACTION

Our politicians are turning their backs on Australia’s impressive record of helping refugees fleeing war and persecution. Tell them that punishing desperate people to score political points is not in line with Australian values of compassion and generosity.

We successfully closed Woomera and  Baxter.
We got children out of detention.
We stopped temporary protection visas.
Working together we can change government policy again.*
Wear red and yellow and come and be part of our human life-ring!

Saturday 8 May

Melbourne 11.00 am    St Kilda Beach
Sydney 11.00 am    Bondi Beach
Brisbane 1.00 pm    King George Square
Adelaide 1.00 pm    Barker Gardens, Prospect

More info go to http://www.amnesty.org.au or call 1300 300 920

In 2009, there were 377,160 asylum applications in 44
industrialised nations in the world.
Australia received 6170 asylum applications.
This is 1.6% of the total number.

Refugee Rally TOMORROW – Refugees are welcome in Oz

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Greens run on refugee ticket

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Inner West Courier : Greens campaign against ALP’s refugee stance

GREENS candidates for the upcoming federal election Sam Byrne and Tony Hickey have accused the Federal Labor Government of reverting to former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard’s stance on refugees. Mr Byrne is running for the seat of Grayndler, which is held by Anthony Albanese, while Mr Hickey is taking on Tanya Plibersek for the seat of Sydney. More

SL war criminals better watch out…

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ABC Radio Australia Connect Asia : UN calls for war crimes tribunal into Sri Lanka

More than a year after Sri Lanka launched its final offensive against the Tamil Tiger rebels, pressure continues to mount for an international tribunal into alleged war crimes. U-N Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon plans to appoint a panel of experts to look into a tribunal something the Sri Lankan government says is unwarranted and uncalled for. Now Australian lawyers are joining forces with the International Commission of Jurists to take witness statements and prepare evidence for any war crimes tribunal. They say they hope it will help demonstrate the need for a full investigation and help protect those who might be subject to further human rights abuses.

Presenter: Joanna McCarthy
Speaker: John Dowd, President of the International Commission of Jurists Australia; Anne Marie Doueihy, co-chair of the Sri Lanka project on behalf of the NSW Young Lawyers Committee

Click here to download audio and read transcript

Rudd pulls out more surprises from hat

April 29, 2010 Comments Off on Rudd pulls out more surprises from hat

SMH : New law would jail a modern Oskar Schindler

A MODERN-DAY Oskar Schindler would be jailed for up 10 years under the Rudd government’s proposed crackdown on people smuggling, lawyers say.

In largely unscrutinised changes, backed by the opposition, the government is introducing new criminal charges for supporting people smugglers, even unwittingly.

”It’s mind-blowing legislation. I’ve never seen anything like it,” the University of Sydney professor of public law, Mary Crock, said. More</strong

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