- Rural Australians for Asylum Seekers (RAFAS) Bathurst to hold fundraising event Western Advocate RURAL Australians for Asylum Seekers (RAFAS) Bathurst will hold a … will be by donation and all proceeds will go to the Asylum Seeker Resource
- RAR film night to mark Refugee Week – The Rural Australians for Refugees Maryborough Branch (RAR) will be hosting a screening of the documentary, The Staging Post, this Sunday to raise funds and awareness for refugees.
- Awards for Support – the Refugee Week Business and Employee Recognition Awards Night will be hosted by Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) Bendigo
- Help celebrate Refugee Week – Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) Castlemaine has pulled together a lively and interesting program of local events.
- Eat, drink and be many at YRAR World Refugee Week dinner, June 22 – Yass Rural Australians for Refugees (YRAR) want you to ‘Share A Meal, Share A Story’ at their World Refugee Week event next Saturday.
- GLRAR invites Great Lakes’ residents to stand #WithRefugees – With refugee week coming up from June 16 – 22, Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees is inviting the community to develop their understanding of local refugees and the broader issues of refugees worldwide.
#Kidsoffnauru – website
Photos of #KidsOffNauru campaign here
Media and Reports of #KidsOffNauru campaign here
Summary of campaign.
#KidsOffNauru is a sector wide campaign calling for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to act to bring the 119 children and their families currently detained on Nauru to safety in Australia before Universal Children’s Day on November 20, 2018.
It’s 93 days to get all children out of detention on Nauru and into safety.
What does the #KIDSOFFNAURU campaign want?
The children should be either resettled in Australia or in another suitable country which welcomes them. Children in detention should not be discriminated against and must be given a fair chance for survival and development. All decisions taken about offshore, indefinite detention must first and foremost consider the best interest of the child. This is to ensure that these children will be able to face their futures with certainty and finally start to pursue their hopes and dreams.
Whatever the solution, locking up children is not it.
This is two-year-old Roze is held on Nauru. Her parents say she is sociable and likes to play outside, but there is no place for children to play in Nauru. Her family has been in Nauru for five years. Photograph: World Vision
This is the face of a little boy who was born behind bars in detention on Nauru.
Campaign images supplied by World Vision here
20/8/18 – Human rights groups set deadline to get all refugee children off Nauru. Coalition of NGOs and charities calls for children to be brought to Australia by 20 November
“We abhor any form of unfair vulnerability created by a situation and this is actually of the Australian parliament’s making,” said World Vision Australia’s chief executive Claire Rogers.
“There’s a quite clear contravention of the refugee convention, and also we believe very strongly a breach of the rights of the child.”
Recent Media re Health Issues for Children
14/8/18 – ‘Resignation syndrome’ plagues refugee kids – Refugee and asylum seeker children held in immigration detention are increasingly suffering from a rare syndrome associated with lengthy confinement.
13/8/18 – Politicians Call For Refugees To Be Brought To Australia Over Child Mental Health Crisis – Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens senator Nick McKim have urged the government to bring refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia immediately, amid an ongoing mental health crisis on the Pacific islands where Australia has run offshore detention centres for years. But Labor’s immigration spokesperson Shayne Neumann said the government should instead accept an offer from New Zealand to resettle the refugees there, and reiterated his party’s support for offshore detention.
13/8/18 – Australia’s Child Refugees are Suffering A Rare Psychological Illness Where They Withdraw from the World – At least six children sent to Nauru by the Australian government have resignation syndrome. Doctors say the rare psychological illness is like “going into hibernation”. (Resignation Syndrome was first reported in Sweden in the late 1990s. More than 400 cases were reported in the two years from 2003-2005.)
For more about #KidsOffNauru campaign click here
5th Anniversary of the opening of Manus and Nauru
Australian-Wide Rallies: 16 July – 23 July 2018
#JusticeforRefugees #FiveYearsTooLong #BringThemHere
Face to Face Advocacy
The “Use Your Voice” kit is a Refugee Advocacy Kit that can be used by people who wish to engage face to face with members of parliament who will stand for election and those people who are candidates for the election.
The First Hike Project
To provide connection to their new country, “The First Hike Project” is taking groups of young refugees on a weekend hiking and camping exploration along the Bibbulmun Track. The Bibbulmun Track is a long distance walk trail in Western Australia. The name comes from the Bibbulmun, or Noongar people, Indigenous Australians from the Perth area.
Op Shop Fashion Parades
Ballarat RAR recently held an OP Shop Fashion Parade – watch it here
Could you organise something similar in your area?
18 July 2018
16 July 2018
18 July 2018
Why these Ballarat grandmothers are taking a stand for refugees
12 Empty Chairs:
A Haunting Reminder of Detention Deaths, in Vigils Across Australia
Vigil to draw attention to plight of refugees at Nauru and Manus Island
Refugee tragedy of Manus Island and Nauru
12 Empty Chairs: A Haunting Reminder of Detention Deaths, in Vigils Across Australia
19 July 2018
Refugee advocates target political leaders
Protests mark five years of detention for Manus, Nauru refugees
12 Empty Chairs Symbolise the Grief of a Nation – 5 Years Too Long, 12 Deaths Too Many
Empty chairs and footwear pairs in detention protest
Vic vigils for offshore detention deaths
More than 30 protesters in Hargreaves Mall called for better treatment of refugees
‘Five years too many’: Shoalhaven residents rally for refugees
Manning and Great Lakes Rural Australians for Refugees vigil 2018
Five years on, it’s past time to evacuate Manus and Nauru
Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees holds Day of Mourning for detainees on Manus Island and Nauru
Refugee advocates are protesting outside the offices of Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten
Blue Mountains Refugee Support group holds vigil outside Macquarie MP’s office
Shameful anniversary: 5 years of offshore detention
What is happening on Nauru should shock the conscience of every Australian
20 July 2018
Mourning those who have died in detention
Five years of detention
Manus anniversary: ‘It’s been five years of … misery’
Call for evacuation of asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru
Scrap boat turnbacks, unions tell Shorten
Clearing asylum seeker camps is job half done
Support for Refugees is Growing – But There’s Hatred and it’s Troubling, say Activists
21 July 2018
Thousands rally in support of refugees – SBS
Thousands protest Australia’s refugee detention policy
Thousands rally in support of refugees – news.com.au
Australians Protest Five Years of Offshore Detention Policy – NY Times
24 July 2018
People in communities across Australia came together in recent days to mark the fifth anniversary of the policy that created offshore detention centres on the islands of Manus and Nauru.
Residents call to ‘bring them here’
1 August 2018
12 empty chairs and 12 pairs of thongs or shoes representing those who have died in offshore detention,
on Manus and Nauru, in the past 5 years.
The decision to use Manus and Nauru for offshore detention was made in August 2012. Nauru opened on 14 September 2012 and Manus on 21 November 2012.
The July 19 date relates to PM Kevin Rudd’s announcement of a new “Regional Resettlement Arrangement” with Papua New Guinea.
- That all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat from 19 July onwards would be transferred to Papua New Guinea for processing.
- And, if they are found to be refugees, face permanent settlement in PNG.
16 July 2018
Ballarat (Vic) – 11am Outside the office of Catherine King MP for Ballarat – walk to Queen Victoria Square
Ballarat RAR kicks off #5YearsTooMany Campaign
22 July 2018
19 July 2018
12 Noon – 1pm QEII Square on Dean Street
1. 10am – 11.30am – Armidale Mall, Armidale
2. 12:30pm – 1.30pm – University of New England
3. 5pm to 5:30pm – cnr Marsh and Dumaresq Streets, Armidale
12 Noon Hargreaves Mall, outside the office of Senator McKenzie – also deliver a letter to Lisa Chesters MP for Bendigo https://www.facebook.com/events/510296122761612/
10am to 4 pm – Outside the office of Tim Wilson MP for Goldstein
10am – Outside the office of Jason Wood, MP for La Trobe
3/16 Langmore Lane Berwick
4.30pm-6pm St Marks Anglican Church https://www.facebook.com/events/323548571513624/
11.30am – 12.30pm outside the office of Josh Frydenberg MP for Kooyong
695 Burke Road Camberwell
12-3pm outside Immigration Office – Cavenagh St, Darwin
10am-4pm – on the lawn outside the Echuca Library
Echuca Moama RAR will hold a silent vigil with 12 Empty Chairs
Geelong (Vic): Rolling protest
3:30 pm – outside the office of Richard Marles MP for Corio, (Yarra St, Geelong)
4:30 pm – outside the office of Sarah Henderson MP for Corangamite (cnr Rossack Drive and Colac Rd Waurn Ponds)
5:30 pm – Highway lantern vigil, corner of Latrobe Terrace and Ryrie St Geelong
For more details –
AIRAR will be joining with SCRAR and CRAG outside Sarah Henderson MP’s office at 4.30 and then on the side of the Highway in Geelong.
Great Western (Vic)
2pm 1477 Western Hwy, Great Western
2pm – 7.30pm Outside Hamilton Performing Arts Centre where the Film Society will be having its monthly showing of a film
Hamilton and District RAR will be supported by the Dunkeld Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support group
4.30-5.30pm office of Anthony Albanese, MP for Grayndler
334A Marrickville Rd
Moonee Ponds (Vic)
12 Noon – Outside the office of Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition, MP for Maribyrnong
Suite 1A, 12 Hall Street, Moonee Ponds
Moss Vale (NSW)
12.15-1.30pm, Leighton Gardens, Argyle St
5pm -6pm in front of Newcastle City Hall, Kind Street, Newcastle.
12 noon – 2pm – Outside the office of Ann Sudmalis MP for Gilmore
59 Junction Street, Nowra, NSW
5.30pm – 6.30pm Centenary Square, Parramatta (Sydney, NSW) (Church St. 3 mins walk from Parramatta Train Station)
For information https://www.
Revesby (Sydney, NSW)
11am-1pm Outside Coles Supermarket
(Next to Revesby Train Station, Cnr of Dixon Lane & Blamey St, 20-30 Blamey St)
For information – https://www.facebook.com/events/377968192607294/
Rosny Park (Tas, East Hobart)
12pm-2pm, outside the office of Julie Collins MP for Franklin
18 Ross Avenue, Rosny Park, East Hobart
Tweed Heads (NSW) – Far north coast will support the Lismore Amnesty event
4-5pm at the office of Kevin Hogan MP 61-63 Molesworth Street, Lismore
12 Noon -2pm – Outside the office of Cathy McGowan MP for Indi
117 Murphy Street, Wangaratta
RAR welcomes supporters from Wangaratta, Mansfield, Benalla, Beechworth, Albury Wodonga, Alpine and surrounding areas to attend for all or part of theWangaratta vigil.
Friday, 20 July
5pm – 6pm – King William end of Rundle Mall, Adelaide
5pm King George Square https://www.facebook.com/events/2129760517296265/
Saturday, 21 July
2pm Pilgrim Uniting Church with speakers Imran Mohammad who was on Manus and is now in America, Dr Paddy Mclisky from doctors for refugees, Claire O’Connor SC Barrister and human rights advocate.
At 3 pm we move to the Mall to be a visible public presence
2pm-3pm 2pm-3pm Esplanade on the lawn near the stones (just south towards Fogarty Park)
1pm Commonwealth Ave https://www.facebook.com/events/1713793885381314/
Coffs Harbour (NSW)
10:30 am Harbour Drive, Coffs Harbour, where the farmers markets are held. https://www.facebook.com/events/258299584954648/
2pm State Library https://www.facebook.com/events/973877949444423/
1pm Corner of Murray Street Mall and Forrest Place
1pm Town Hall https://www.facebook.com/events/587508351648267/
Sunday, 22 July
7.30pm – 8pm St Johns Anglican Church Kerang
3pm Wheeler Place