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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

Follow us on social media
* Facebook * Twitter * Google+
for our latest news about refugees and asylum seekers.

ALL WELCOME to attend our meetings, held at 6.30pm
at Amnesty Action Centre, 134 Cambridge St, Collingwood,
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 15 June at 6:30 - 8pm

Our newsletter "The REFUGEE POST" is "the easiest and most enjoyable way to stay up to speed with all things related to the asylum seeker debate."
Join the Mailing List before the next issue arrives; sign up at http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/home/?u=f7eba1ce7692a800af89fb216&id=cb033b3a4c

====== C O M I N G == E V E N T ===>
Thursday 23 June at 6.30pm
Join us for a Special Refugee Week Screening of
FREEDOM STORIES
at Loop Project Space & Bar, 23 Meyers Pl. Melbourne
General Admission $15. Reserve your ticket at https://fan-force.com/screen…/freedom-stories-loop-bar-melb/
More about the film and update on our events * Facebook
Funds raised for Amnesty International Refugee Network Victoria



~~~ SOME PREVIOUS EVENTS /COMMENTS THIS YEAR ~~

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/