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May 27, 2010 Comments Off on Abbott: Lets make the refugees work
The Australian – Coalition to insist refugees work for keep
REFUGEES would be forced to work for their welfare benefits and may only be permitted to stay in Australia for as little as six months under a tough new border security policy to be announced by the Coalition today.
In an attempt to capitalise on rising community anger at the continued flow of boats which have brought 2805 asylum-seekers to Australia so far this year, the Coalition will unveil a suite of measures harden its border security credentials.
Click here to read Coalition’s full border protection policy . Hope you don’t feel too sick after reading it.
Liberal backbencher Petro Georgiou has slammed the coalition’s new asylum seeker policy as “cruel”.
“It will further victimise the persecuted,” he said. “It does not have my support.”
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January 17, 2010 Comments Off on International Day of Protest
International Day of Protest
To mark 100 days since Kevin Rudd’s phone call had the Merak Tamil asylum seekers intercepted and returned to Indonesia. We join protests action in Canada, New Zealand, to tell Kevin Rudd and the Australian government:
No Indonesian solution, Bring the Merak asylum seekers to Australia.
No-offshore processing. Full rights for all asylum seekers. Close Christmas Island
Date: Monday 18 January
In Australia –
SYDNEY: 12.30-1.30pm, Kevin Rudd’s Sydney Office, 70 Phillip St, Sydney (between Bent and Bridge Streets, closest train stations are Circular Quay or Circular Quay)
NEWCASTLE: 4:30pm. At the Clock Tower, Beaumont St, Hamilton
MELBOURNE: 5.30pm, State Library (Corner Swanston and LaTrobe Streets)
PERTH: 12.30pm, Office of the Immigration Minister Chris Evans, 51 Ord Street, West Perth
Around the globe –
New Zealand, Auckland. 4:00 PM. Australian Consulate, 186-194 Quay St, Auckland
Canada, Toronto: 11am – 2pm. Australian Consulate, 175 Bloor Street, East Toronto
UK, London: 4:00 PM. The Australian High Commission, Strand, London WC2B 4LA
USA: Email and postcard campaign
Malaysia: Email and postcard campaign
For more information contact Ian 0417 275 713
October 25, 2009 Comments Off on First prize for uni paper on SL
‘Our Failure to Act: Sri Lanka’s Humanitarian Crisis and International Law’
Sydney University students Sam and Mario have been awarded 1st prize for best submission as judged by the Dean of the University of Sydney Law School, Professor Gillian Triggs (formerly of Oxford) who is a world expert on International Law, and a committee of academics
The prize was awarded by Former High Court Judge Michael Kirby QC at the journal’s launch.
October 23, 2009 Comments Off on The Tamils are fleeing SL because of the camps
October 15, 2009 § 1 Comment
Lowy Interpreter Blog – Boat people a symptom of Sri Lanka’s dark side
Gobie Rajalingam is co-convenor for the University of Sydney’s Sri Lanka Human Rights Project and an intern at the Lowy Institute.
In the months following the Sri Lankan Government’s declaration that the 26-year civil war was officially over, footage of alleged extra-judicial killings by Sri Lankan soldiers* trickled out. The living conditions of some 280,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP), forcibly held without justification in the country’s northern provinces, also rapidly deteriorated.
It therefore comes as no surprise that the 260 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers who were intercepted en route to Christmas Island last night showed preference for suicide rather than return to a country that has no regard for justice.
With the imminent monsoon season threatening to worsen the spread of infectious disease among IDPs, with forced disappearances and rape in the internment camps continuing unabated, and with the Sri Lankan Government showing little interest in releasing civilians, the urgency surrounding the humanitarian and political fate of Sri Lanka’s Tamil refugees remains heightened.
Although Sri Lanka continues to censor its human rights emergency, holding its rank in the bottom ten countries for press freedom, the Australian Foreign Minister has previously raised concerns over Sri Lanka’s human rights situation. But Kevin Rudd’s latest offer of ‘micro-loans, free volleyball nets and fishing nets’ to quell the number of asylum seekers does little more than add insult to injury for Sri Lanka’s marginalised population.
The increase in asylum seekers does not indicate a weakness in Australia’s immigration policies, but is instead a creation of Sri Lanka’s unacceptable human rights record and lack of protection for refugees. Australia must accommodate human rights in its national interest if it is to uphold its responsibility to protect.
* Ed. note: the link takes you to a UK Channel 4 story about the footage. The footage itself contains extremely disturbing images.
Photo, of a Sri Lankan IDP camp, by Flickr user Foreign and Commonwealth Office, used under a Creative Commons license.