World Refugee Day … there’s always something you can do

Tomorrow – Wed 20 June – is WORLD REFUGEE DAY. A day for people across the globe to recognise the plight of the billions of human beings who find themselves stateless, homeless, and powerless.   It is a day to remember that anyone of us could have found ourselves in the same position were fate …

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Another suicide on Nauru … thanks to a policy that’s “saving lives”

Now is the time. If you've EVER considered that Australia's policies affecting people seeking asylum are wrong, please SPEAK OUT. Please share this tragic news and encourage others to use their democratic power to change the cruel approach advocated by both the Coalition and Labor. Yet another innocent person is dead because of indefinite offshore …

More Australian government cruelty puts more people in impossible circumstances

A dying man denied palliative care in Australia and families 'onshore' left bereft with no support while developing the skills and local certification required for employment.   The Australian Border force says a Nauru detainee can die in Taiwan or Afghanistan The man who is dying due to advanced lung cancer does not want to go …

What YOU can do …

You can Email Empathy. You can contact MPs and Senators regarding specific incidents and tragedies. (Just accessing our pages and posts will facilitate that). But there are ALWAYS more things that can be done online, at home or even in your workplace or school. You can … 1. Connect with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) where …

Labor on Refugees? Slim hope for humanity after all

Our post "FINALLY … Labor CONSIDERING CHANGING Position on Offshore Processing!" came from news that there was to be debate at the July Labor Party annual conference over the retention of restrict offshore processing policy. But the prospect of that possibly leading to at least one of the major parties beginning to develop humane, logical and …

DO publicly vilify a man your policies have driven to suicide; DON’T inform his family of his death

A man fled genocide. So he was imprisoned. His medical condition tortured him for years  in detention. But his health was ignored as ruthlessly as his human rights. So, tragically, he ended his living hell. Two days ago, this website posted about the following exchange in Australia's parliament … Which was then updated to add … …

You decide what’s “appalling” …

UPDATED to add:  Police on Manus Island have referred to the death as a "very unfortunate" apparent suicide. Are Australia's policies and practices people in relation to refugees right and just? "I think not." If you think it's "appalling" for the Australian government to discard persecuted people's lives as if they mean nothing at all, …

The story of one ‘warrior’ reveals so much that’s wrong with offshore detention

Alex saw himself as a 'warrior' for sexual equality. Amidst the culture of Iran, the banishment from his family, the persecution and ostracising within detention on Manus Island, he opposed 'the conservative, cruel and heterosexist structures of society' and still liked life itself and wanted to live it. “I am gay, and this is my …

Australia – a government that commits torture and doesn’t care?

When we think of torture, we each have our own interpretations. For most Australians, it's likely that theirs come from history or from fiction. TORTURE is a sickening word. But it's an even more sickening act. So of course no Australian would want to contemplate that they or their government were currently committing, or party to, …

“I wanted to become an important person but I became nothing …”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=XHOtbBAT4q8 Ali is a 12-year-old Iranian asylum seeker detained on Nauru. His mother has been repeatedly recommended for urgent medical transfer to Australia but, 14 months on, there is no immediate plan to move her. Now he believes that "there are no good humans left in the world". Please read his story here, share this …