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  • 2018 Human Rights Dinner keynote address by Behrouz Boochani

    2018 Human Rights Dinner keynote address by Behrouz Boochani

    Standing up for human rights is about picking the battles that are long and exhausting precisely because they are the ones that matter the most.
    Even after five years of misery and oppression, Behrouz Boochani hasn’t given up. So how on earth can any of us?
    As he said in his keynote address via video from Manus island last night at the Annual Human Rights Dinner in Sydney:
    “Our advocacy will be acknowledged as truly valuable and worthwhile only when we can secure the release and safety of the refugees imprisoned on these islands.”
    Never give up. We won’t.Read more

  • Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all – Richard Flanagan

    Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all – Richard Flanagan

    So this is what we have come to as a nation.
    The wretched of the earth, because they were no longer safe where they lived, sought to come here. With a determined cruelty, we kidnapped and imprisoned them in Pacific lagers. These lagers became synonymous with the idea of hellholes because it was important to our government that they be – ­and be known as – hellholes.
    On this policy of deterrence, as it was called, which had as its declared purpose to make innocent human beings suffer indefinitely, we spent billions of dollars. To this end we had truck with vile regimes such as Sri Lanka’s. And to this end we began forsaking our democratic rights.Read more

  • Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time

    Today I attended the world premier today of Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time at the Sydney Film Festival.   It is one of the most disturbing films I have ever seen.   As an Australian I feel ashamed, complicit and appalled.
    Iranian-Kurdish journalist detainee, Behrouz Boochani and an Iranian-Dutch filmmaker, Arash Kamali Sarvestani, made this film with footage shot on a mobile phone.
    It is a unique record of daily life on Manus Island detention centre.
    Also a list of some of Behrouz Boochani’s articlesRead more

  • Desperate people seeking asylum need your help now.

    Desperate people seeking asylum need your help now.

    Last week the Turnbull government launched an unprecedented attack on around 12,000 people seeking asylum who arrived by sea to Australia between August 2012 and December 2013. After waiting over four years to be invited to apply for asylum, these people have received letters from the government with as little as 30 days to lodge their refugee application.
    Donate to enable BMRSG to provide legal support for those completing these complicated documents.Read more

  • Responses to the publication of the #NauruFiles

    Responses to the publication of the #NauruFiles

    We present a range of responses since the Guardian published the #NauruFiles. Read what different experts are saying, see what actions are happening.Read more

  • Election 2016   Good News

    Election 2016 Good News

    This post will highlight any positive actions in Australia’s treatment of refugees and those seeking asylum.
    Read about The Greens Policy and the Victorian Government’s initiative to provide legal support for those applying for refugee status.Read more