Archive for 'Refugees'
“The Australian government is playing with asylum seekers’ lives,” said Ian Rintoul, from the Refugee Action Coalition. “It is suddenly obvious that offering ‘turnback’ advice to Malaysia and Indonesia cannot save lives at sea, but only endanger them.” “The boats must be welcome in Indonesia and Malaysia, and Australia. Australia must immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia. An international rescue effort can guarantee that no lives are lost.”
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums imprisoned in Australia’s asylum seeker concentration camps. Here is a GetUp! video on the issue.
Successive governments have closed Australia’s borders to asylum seekers. Without a demand to unequivocally “open the borders”, regional processing simply perpetuates the rotten political pillars that underpin the present policies of both major parties.
Australia’s detention centres are concentration camps.
Writing in the Irish Socialist Worker Memet Uludag argues that we must support refugees, oppose the imperialism that drowns them at sea and build a political alternative that embraces our humanity, not hatred. Among other things Memet explains the increase in deaths this year in the Mediterranean are the result of rotten racist anti-immigrant policy changes by the EU.
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.