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3 October 2015 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rural Australians for Refugees Bellingen and Nambucca Districts
The markets are a great opportunity for our group to publicise the cause for the humane and compassionate treatment of asylum seekers and to continue our campaign to raise public awareness of the terrible conditions on Nauru and Manus islands. Asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru continue to be treated harshly in prison-like conditions, though they have committed no crimes. Many of them have now survived up to three years in these intolerable hellholes , with no end in sight. Not a single refugee has so far been settled in PNG.
We have a new Prime Minister who has publicly stated that he has “concerns about the people on Manus and Nauru”, though, sadly, he went on to state that “there will be no resettlement of the people on Manus and Nauru in Australia”. It’s vitally important, therefore, that we keep up the pressure and continue to speak out for a change in policy, which will surely have to come in the near future. There are currently about 1,500 people in detention on these two remote islands, who have committed no crimes, but who are held indefinitely in dreadful conditions, where they face the daily threat of physical and sexual abuse.
Please consider joining us on the market stall for an hour or two on Saturday, or just drop by to say hello and to show your solidarity. We will have a new petition to Malcolm Turnbull for you to sign!
John and Mike will be setting up the stall at 7.00 am, and we would appreciate support from 9.00 am onwards, until 1.00 pm.