Guided by Justice and Compassion

  • Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    Urgent call for Government to protect asylum seekers and refugees

    The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on the Australian Government to make urgent changes to improve protections for approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers living in the Australian community.

    A new report Lives on hold: Refugees and asylum seekers in the ‘Legacy Caseload’ reveals the human rights situation of approximately 30,000 refugees and asylum seekers, including families and children, who arrived in Australia by boat before 1 January 2014.

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  • Students organise refugee film The Staging Post at Penrith Selective High School

    Students organise refugee film The Staging Post at Penrith Selective High School

    Filmmaker Jolyon Hoff and Afghan Hazara refugee, photographer and human rights advocate, Muzafar Ali spoke to Penrith Selective High School students about their 2017 documentary The Staging Post at the high school assembly on Wednesday, June 20th.
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  • An uplifting experience, The Staging Post

    An uplifting experience, The Staging Post

    Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group hosted a screening of “The Staging Post” at Mt Vic Flicks on Wednesday 19th of June for Refugee Week.
    The filmmaker Jolyon Hoff and Afghan refugee Muzafar Ali were present for a Q&A after the film And answered questions to a packed house.
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  • Shared learning as refugee from Sierra Leone speaks with Winmalee students

    Shared learning as refugee from Sierra Leone speaks with Winmalee students

    Sierra Leonian refugee Clavenda Bockarie spoke to Winmalee High School,students at their school assembly on Tuesday 4 June. Ms. Bockarie fled Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa, during the country’s bloody civil war. Throughout this time many journalists were harrassed, detained or murdered for reporting unfavourably about the government of President
    Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. In 1998, when Ms. Bockarie was three years old her mother, broadcast journalist Olivia Mensah, was arrested and imprisoned as an enemy of the state. Eventually Ms. Bockarie, her siblings and her mother escaped and reached asylum in Australia via a refugee
    camp in Ghana.

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  • Home Among the Gum Trees NSW

    Home Among the Gum Trees NSW

    Holidays for people seeking asylum and their families in rural and coastal towns in NSW. For relaxation, friendship and understanding in an ordinary Australian family setting, with leisure and social activities such as bushwalking, sightseeing, fishing, and swimming. It’s a taste of life away from the main cities for people seeking asylum who are interestedRead more

  • Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Lobbying Federal Politicians in Canberra

    Joy Connor and Marie Sellstrom, President of Rural Australians for Refugees, spent 2 days in Canberra meeting with politicians. They met with Russell Broadbent, sent Marise Payne a gift of Blue Mountains honey and a copy of Behrouz Boochani’s book and met with Julie Bishop. The meetings were facilitated by local member Susan Templeman.
    Julie Bishop said that refugee advocates needed to lobby for more involvement by Australia in regional intercountry dialogue such as the ‘Bali Process’, if there is to be any kind of solution to forced migration. Read more

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