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Walk for Justice for Refugees - Palm Sunday 2019

Event Details
Date: 14th April 2019
Time: 1:45pm - 5:00pm
Venue: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
State: Victoria
CPD hrs: 1
Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch

Anneka Farrington or Rosanna Di Grazia

AASW Victorian Branch

(03) 9320 1012

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The Victorian Branch invites members, social work students, and the wider social work community to join us for our annual participation in the Walk for Justice for Refugees - Palm Sunday 2019.

Meet us on the steps in front of the State Library of Victoria from 1:45pm on Sunday 14 April 2019 ready for the 2:00pm start. Look for the AASW Banner!

Let us know if you're planning to attend by registering via the link to your right, otherwise, just turn up on the evening!

To keep updated, follow the AASW Victorian Branch on Facebook.

A note from the organisers:

JOIN THE PALM SUNDAY Walk for Justice for Refugees on Sunday 14 April 2019
- For a Fair and Welcoming Society
- Close Manus & Nauru, Bring Them Here

Speakers include
Behrouz Boochani - activist, filmmaker, winner of the Victorian Prize for Literature, and Kurdish refugee imprisoned on Manus Island (live via phone)

Nyadol Nyuon - lawyer, writer and community advocate. She was born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, and grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya.

Michel O'Neil - ACTU President

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Join with people from community groups, faith groups, unions, and political organisations on Palm Sunday to stand up for refugees.

In the run up to the federal election join the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice and help deliver the message to all politicians that we want a fair society that welcomes refugees.

It took over five years, but almost all children are now off Nauru. This is a result of the pressure of the refugee movement on the politicians who said they would never come here. Now we need to get everyone off Manus and Nauru.

Australia’s treatment of refugees continues to be inhumane and unjust:
• Over 1000 people on Nauru and Manus are still languishing offshore, with no prospects for permanent resettlement. The US deal will not provide for all of these people – they need to be brought to safety.
• The Australian Government is not offering permanent protection to the children and their families being brought here from Nauru – so their uncertainty continues, and the government is still refusing the New Zealand offer to provide permanent protection. Many of the children and families from Nauru are now held in detention centres here, or in community detention.
• Hundreds of people continue to be held in on-shore detention centres – some for more than 9 years
• Over 16,000 people are still on Bridging visas in the community, with uncertain futures
• The Government is continuing to deport people to danger, and thousands of people live with the threat of deportation. These include the Biloela family, and Huyen who may be indefinitely separated from her young baby, who have now be held in detention for many months
• Young people who have grown up here and have permanent residency are being held in detention, and some have been sent back to countries where they have never lived
• Thousands of people face destitution as the government withdraws income and housing support to vulnerable people, who have difficulty getting full time employment, having been denied the right to work for many years.
Australia must honour its commitments under the Refugee Convention, embrace decency and fairness and provide permanent protection for refugees.
• Seeking asylum is a human right, but people seeking asylum by boat continue to be turned back; and UNHCR recognised refugees stuck in Indonesia for many years without the right to work, education, or health care are currently banned from coming to Australia.

Stand up for a fair and welcoming society by joining the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees in 2019

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