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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 Wednesday 20 July at 6:30 - 8pm

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

~~~ RECENT ~EVENTS ~in ~REFUGEE ~WEEK ~~
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 were involved in a day packed with fun activities, wonderful stalls and information, workshops, storytelling, art, music and 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.


~~~ 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/