Archive for 'Asylum seekers'
My own view is that for the refugee movement in Australia to defend asylum seekers and to defeat the rotten, cruel, inhuman and rights abusing policies of both the Liberals and Labor we need to begin to have a discussion about civil disobedience as the next step in our campaign to free the refugees from Australia’s concentration camps here and offshore and from the hellholes in Indonesia and Malaysia.
The Moss Review exposes the sexual and physical brutality on Nauru and all Tony Abbott can say is ‘things happen’
Let’s build the demonstrations against this sexual and physical brutality and violence and for refugees this coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, in capital and other cities across Australia. See you there.
This is from 2012 but is an excellent debunking of the myth of Fraser’s ‘ humanitarian’ treatment of Vietnamese refugees when he actually had power. Here is part of what historian Rachel Stevens says: The resettlement of the Vietnamese refugees was an unfamiliar challenge for the Fraser government, just a few years after the formal […]
Now that the UN has declared that Australia is torturing asylum seeker children, isn’t it time the Australian Federal Police investigated which provisions of the Crimes Act Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his 2 Immigration Minister accomplices have potentially breached? Throw in the ALP leadership over the last few years and their Immigration Ministers and we have a perfectly unbiased investigation into the alleged torturers of refugee children. Jail the lot of them.
A reminder that on International Women’s Day the Australian government still brutalises refugee women.
Gillian Triggs was quite right to point out the abuse of asylum seeker children that went on under Labor and is going on under the Liberals. That should be our focus instead of the circus about so-called political partisanship that the Abbott government is using to hide its abuse of children. There is an alternative to brutalising kids. Bring them and all the other asylum seekers to Australia for release into the community.
Asylum seeker Wei Lin’s account of the Australian government’s failed attempt to deport him back to China
On 19 December last year the Australian Government tried to deport asylum seeker Wei Lin from Australia back to China on an Air China flight. After Wei Lin protested on board, some passengers refused to cooperate when they found out what was happening and Wei Lin was saved from being sent back. His future is very uncertain. Green Left’s story explains the background and how activists and Wei Lin together with a number of passengers prevented his deportation. Why is he seeking asylum? As Simon Santow from ABC radio program AM put it: Advocates say Wei Lin had been harassed in China because of his knowledge of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Chinese sport. One of the brave passengers’ reports can be found here. This is Wei Lin’s harrowing story in his own words.
This is from Julian Burnside, prominent refugee advocate and human rights lawyer rebutting the Liberal lies about lives saved at sea because of the brutalisation of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.
SYRIZA, the new radical left wing government in Greece ‘pledged on Saturday to close down detention centres for [refugees] that have long been criticised by rights groups as inhumane.’ If Greece can do it, why not Australia? Ah, unlike Greece, we don’t have a radical left wing party here, built on strikes and demonstrations against austerity. Maybe it is time we built one and built strikes and demonstrations against Abbott’s austerity?
From Dave Riley. You can find more at the facebook site of Ratbag Media