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Refugee Network (Vic)

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If you are interested in joining Amnesty Victorian Refugee Network or finding out more about it,
please contact Tiff or Dylan at info@amnestyrefugee.org

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for our latest news about refugees and asylum seekers.

ALL WELCOME to attend our meetings, held at
Amnesty Action Centre, 134 Cambridge St, Collingwood,
NEXT MEETING
Amnesty Refugee Network Vic. MEGA MEETING
Wednesday 31 August 6:30pm - 8.30pm
- following the AIA Refugee Advisory Group Weekend.
If you can come to only one meeting this year, this should be it !
* hear about soon-to-be-launched AI Refugee Global Campaign
* discuss AIA Refugee Network Vic. Vision for 2017
More detailed agenda available on Facebook the day before the meeting. Hope to see you all there !

Our newsletter "The REFUGEE POST" is a good way to keep up to speed with asylum seeker news/issues.
Join the Mailing List; at http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=f7eba1ce7692a800af89fb216&id=cb033b3a4c

The Nauru Files See THE GUARDIAN recent reports via https://www.theguardian.com/news/series/nauru-files
• 10 Aug 2016 The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention
• 19 Aug 2106 The Nauru Files provide the evidence…
• 22 Aug 2016 The claim that locking up asylum seekers in Nauru and PNG saves lives is bogus.

Wed 3 Aug 2016 AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH JOINT PRESS RELEASE
"Appalling abuse, neglect of refugees on Nauru. Investigation finds deliberate abuse hidden behind wall of secrecy..."
Read the full press release at: http://www.amnesty.org.au/resources/activist/Nauru_mission_briefing_joint_HRW.pdf
Demand the Australian Govt ends the secret abuse in Nauru. Sign petition http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/42240/

How you can help people held in detention by Australia Some organisations where you can offer your support:
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Brigidine Asylum Seeker Project, Human Rights Law Centre, Humanitarian Group, Refugee Advice and Caseworker Service, Refugee Council of Australia, Rise. ~ Find details about them at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/13/nauru-files-how-you-can-help-people-held-in-detention-by-australia

~~~ SOME PREVIOUS HAPPENINGS THIS YEAR ~~

Saturday 25 June 10 am - 5 pm. FESTIVAL OF HOPE at Brunswick Town Hall - organised by Amnesty International and Moreland City Council to celebrate refugees and their positive impact in our community. A rich mix of community groups involved in a day packed with fun activities, great stalls & information, workshops, storytelling, art, music, dance.

Thursday 23 June at 6.30pm "FREEDOM STORIES” screened at Loop Project Space & Bar,Meyers P.
Exploration of the achievements and struggles of former asylum seeking ‘boat people’, now Australian citizens.)
Funds raised for Amnesty International Refugee Network Vic.

Thursday 23 June at 7pm “ON OUR SHORES" Melbourne Playback Theatre Co. Q&A Event at Footscray Community Arts Centre Moreland St, Theatre and discussion intertwined; a panel of prominent refugee & asylum seeker activists, followed by an interactive performance.

Sunday 20 March Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees (in The Age) "Show some compassion refugee protesters say" "Thousands of Melbournians rallied and marched from the State Library to the Alexandra gardens in solidarity for refugee rights on Palm Sunday on March 20, 2016.... More than 50,000 people across Australia turned out for the national Welcome Refugee rallies on Palm Sunday, calling for compassionate treatment of asylum seekers."

Saturday 27 February 9am-5pmPATHS to CHANGE - a Conference for the Refugee Sector
organized by Road to Refuge and Amnesty Refugee Network Vic. Full day conference focused on providing individuals with skills to become powerful advocates for people seeking asylum.

* 8 February "Let them Stay" Rally Up to 6,000 gathered outside the Vic State Library, and thousands more in similar rallies across Australia, demanding the government let 267 asylum seekers, here for medical treatment, stay.

* 4 February The Age 4 Feb "Thousands march through Melbourne to demand asylum seekers be allowed to stay" "Office workers, students, parents, and grandparents converged on the steps of the State Library at the start of the evening commute in response to the High Court ruling..that offshore detention was legal. Many carried banners and handmade signs imploring the federal government to "Close Manus, Nauru and all detention camps"
Read the powerful editorial "End offshore detention now" (The Age Comment 4 Feb) at http://www.theage.com.au/comment/the-age-editorial/end-offshore-detention-of-refugees-now-20160203-gmkrsb.html?rand=1454595889829

* 3 February Human rights obligations remain despite High Court ruling The Australian Human Rights Commission affirms that today’s High Court decision does not alter Australia’s international obligations towards people seeking asylum.
As Professor Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commission President, noted: “Australia has obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child to ensure that in all actions concerning children, the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration . … We are also obliged to protect children from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment…We are very concerned that returning these children and their families to Nauru would further compromise their health and wellbeing, placing Australia at risk of breaching these international obligations. …
Today’s High Court decision in no way requires the Government to return the children and their families to Nauru.”
https://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/human-rights-obligations-remain-despite-high-court-ruling

* 3 February:"High Court decision prolongs agony faced by asylum seekers in offshore detention."
Read Amnesty International response at:http://www.amnesty.org.au/news/comments/41196/