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The plea continues

October 30, 2009
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Shout out from the Tamil asylum seekers

October 30, 2009

Press Release – TAMIL ASYLUM SEEKERS IN MERAK SAY IOM IS PRESSURING THEM TO LEAVE THEIR BOAT

Refugee advocates in Australia are concerned that the Australian government may be co-ordinating action to try and force the Tamil asylum seekers in Indonesia to leave their boats.

While media statements this morning refer to the threat to forcibly remove the 78 asylum seekers on the Oceanic Viking, a statement from the 250 Tamil asylum seekers stranded in Merak, Indonesia says that the International
Organisation of Migration (IOM) is pressuring them to leave the ship by cutting their supplies. More 

Latest on the boat stand off

October 30, 2009

ABC – Asylum seekers fear forcible removal

The Age – Rudd must relent to avoid costly stand-off

The Australian – Tamils ‘concerned they will be removed’

Sydney Morning Herald – Tamils’ horrific treatment makes them desperate to leave

BBC – Indonesia ‘might expel’ refugees

The Australian – Indonesia ‘might expel’ refugees

The Australian – Caucus united on refugees

The Australian – Kids destined for detention: Jakarta

News.com.au – Chilli weapon ruled out in asylum seeker boat standoff

The Australian – The strange and puzzling case of Dr Kevin and Mr Rudd

New boat off Ashmore reef

October 29, 2009

News.com.au – Boat 37 intercepted off Ashmore Reef with 40 on board

ABC – Navy intercepts another asylum seeker boat

Aussies plead with Rudd for compassion

October 29, 2009

Medical Association for Prevention of War –  MAPW urges humanitarian treatment of Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers

MAPW President Bill Williams has written a letter to Immigration Minister Chris Evans, urging that Australia’s response to Sri Lankan asylum seekers be humanitarian, and in accordance with international human rights law.
Dr Williams notes that the aslum seekers are fleeing a devastating war, with violence that most of us in Australia can barely imagine.  He notes the massive increase in global asylum seekers, and the minute proportion housed by Australia.

 

 

Unions NSW – The Humane Solution

The Australian Government must immediately find a humane solution for the 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers aboard the Oceanic Viking, according to Unions NSW.

 

As the asylum seekers spend their 11th day aboard the Oceanic Viking, Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon supported calls to process them on Australian soil, under Australian law.

“The Prime Minister has a fantastic opportunity to step up and show us the high road to a humane solution,” Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon said.

“This debate is becoming disturbingly shrill. Australia is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Refugees, Indonesia is not.

“These people are desperate. Allow them to be processed under our laws.”

Mr Lennon said the Rudd Government had done much to improve Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, particularly its efforts too ensure children were no longer locked up.

But the trade union movement would not sit by and watch the public debate degenerate.

Mr Lennon said the strong position taken by the likes of AWU National Secretary, Paul Howes and former Unions NSW Secretary John Robertson was typical of the support asylum seekers could expect from organised labour.

“Unions NSW has a long history of advocating humane asylum seeker policies and we were pivotal in the establishment of Labor for Refugees,” Mr Lennon said.

“Unions believe in a tolerant, compassionate and multicultural nation and will publicly advocate humane policies and solutions,” Mr Lennon concluded.

Oh the irony

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Australia's First Boat People

Our life in Sri Lanka

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From the oceanic viking