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Sydney Protest: Rescue the Rohingyan refugees
22 May 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
– Rescue the Rohingyan refugees
– End Boat Turn Backs
– Australia must resettle refugees from Indonesia
Speakers include a Rohingya community representative, Refugee Action Coalition
Up to 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers are stranded in the Malacca Straits. 200 are already dead and more are at risk from dehydration and starvation. Yet Tony Abbott shamelessly supports Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand turning back Rohingyan asylum seekers. It has become glaringly obvious that turn backs don’t save lives – they cause deaths.
The stateless Rohingyans are victims of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Indonesia has offered support to around 600 Rohingyan asylum seekers who have landed in Aceh. Australia must immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia.
Instead of offering humanitarian assistance, Abbott’s latest budget cuts aid to Indonesia by 40%. And instead of saving both money and lives by scrapping offshore processing (which cost $3.6 billion last financial year), it is adding $400 million for its new “Border Force” ministry.
Money should instead be spent on helping with international rescue efforts.
The lives of the Rohingyan asylum seekers rest in the hands of regional governments of Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. Every hour that passes without assistance puts more lives in danger.
See you on Friday! For more info visit www.refugeeaction.org.au or call Ian 0417275713
In the meantime, sign Senator Sarah Hanson Young’s petition for immediate action