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Sydney – Refugee Rights: Stories and Discussion

4 February 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



Join us for a thought provoking evening and hear special guests, refugees, experts, human rights defenders talk about the global refugee situation.

Hear more about what it is like to work and live in Manus & Nauru refugee camps

Listen to the stories of displacement, risks and abandonment

Be inspired by our experts who will share with you some of the work they do and their thoughts about Australia

Act and be involved, what can you do for refugees in Australia and around the world?

The Panel discussion with be constituted of:

  • Marc Isaacs, writer, author, researcher and community worker. His books include, The Undesirables: Inside Nauru, Nauru Burning & The Kabul Peace House. Mark is president of Sydney PEN, an affiliate of PEN International, which defends freedom of expression and campaigns on behalf of writers who have been silenced by persecution or imprisonment.
  • Najeeba Wazefadost. Najeeba arrived in Australia at 10 years by sea after fleeing from Afghanistan. Najeeba is a settlement case worker and the founder and CEO of Hazara Women of Australia, which aims to help newly arrived refugee women learn English and more quickly feel part of their new communities.
  • Nicole Judge. Having worked on Nauru and Manus Island as a case worker with the Salvation Army, Nicole quit after Reza Barati was killed in February 2014 and became a human rights advocate, speaking out against Australia’s policy of exiling innocent refugees.
  • Deena Yako is a former Assyrian-Mandaean refugee born in Iraq, and is now directly involved in refugee resettlement. Deena is an active refugee advocate and has represented the Australian Iraqi community at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. She has been involved in various research projects specifically relating to refugee women and girls, and is currently also working with the education program at the Refugee Council of Australia.
  • Inner West Councillor Tom Kiat. Inner West Council supports Amnesty’s Community Sponsorship Program, which aims at expanding and improving the current CSP by increasing the number of spots for refugees and making it more affordable.

After each speaker talks of their personal experience, we will have a panel discussion with the theme of Youth and tackling the biggest issues in refugee rights today. Then you have a chance to put your questions to the speakers in a Q&A.

We’d love to see you in the audience, and we’d really appreciate you helping spread the word. Tell your friends and have them join us for this special event! Thanks for all your support!


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