South Sudan: Give me shelter

South Sudan: Give me shelter

When civil war broke out in South Sudan in 2013, citizens sought refuge in UN peacekeeper barracks. Colin Cosier and Kate Geraghty give a glimpse into life inside the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site.

Macken: I Now Stay Quiet About My Connection To Labor

A Member Since 1947, I Now Stay Quiet About My Connection To Labor

Dr Jim Macken, Life Member of the Labour Party, retired judge, advocate, academic and author.

In New Matilda – 13 May 2016

“We have become the South Africa of the 21st century – that country that tortures people, imprisons children, detains people indefinitely for no crime – we are now that country.”

“Minister Dutton thinks we are trying to protect the human rights of the people on Manus Island and Nauru and he is right, we are. But we are also trying to protect our own humanity; because when we remain quiet in the face of such cruelty it is our own humanity that is destroyed in the silence.”

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RCOA Refugee Week Bulletin 1

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Refugee Week 19-25 June 2016

Welcome to the first 2016 Refugee Week Bulletin.  

Every week from now until Refugee Week, we will be giving you updates about events, ambassadors, resources and much more. We encourage you to get involved and to send us information about what you will be up to during Refugee Week so that we can promote it for you. You may even see your event featured in the next bulletin!

Refugee Week, coordinated by the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), is Australia’s peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and to celebrate the positive contributions that they make to Australian society.

This year, Refugee Week will be celebrated from Sunday, 19 June to Saturday, 25 June, which includes World Refugee Day on June 20. The theme is “With courage let us all combine”, which is taken from the second verse of the national anthem and celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and acknowledging the skills and energy that refugees bring to their new home.

Read the full Refugee Council of Australia Refugee Week Bulletin here

Refugee Week 2016 –

Sunday 19 June to Saturday 25 June 2016


Manus Island: behind the wire

Manus Island: behind the wire

Reopening the PNG detention centre attracted bipartisan support, writes Madeline Gleeson.

So how did it go so wrong?

Inside Story – 11 May 2016

‘For three and a half years, Papua New Guinea has been a central pillar of Australian immigration policy. Under a series of agreements, the Pacific nation not only consented to Australia’s building and operating an immigration detention centre in its territory, but also offered the possibility of permanent settlement in Papua New Guinea to those men found to be refugees and willing to stay.’

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‘Detention has not ceased forthwith on Manus. Public and media access has continued to be restricted, and there has been no word on when this illegal detention might end. Most importantly, there is no word on what might be in store for them next. The broken men of Manus, like other men, women and children in Nauru and Australia, are still stuck – waiting, perpetually, for a safe place to call home.’

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