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Issue #1771      March 29, 2017

Bring Them Here –
Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees 2017

Conditions for the refugees and asylum seekers dumped on Nauru and Manus Island remain intolerable. Manus has claimed the lives of Reza Barati, Hamid Khazaei, Kamil Hussain and Faysal Ishak Ahmeds, who died on Christmas Eve, following the failure to provide him with proper medical care. Last year Omid Masoumali died after losing hope on Nauru.

Malcolm Turnbull’s claim that Donald Trump will honour his US resettlement deal for refugees on Manus and Nauru is looking more and more doubtful. Refugees on Manus and Nauru are potentially caught by Trump’s extreme executive order banning Muslims and refugees from entering the US, as they face new “extreme vetting” procedures before being considered.

If the deal goes ahead, it is clear that hundreds of refugees will miss out, with a cap of 1,250 people. Asylum seekers whose claims have not been fairly processed and anyone the US will not accept will remain stuck on Manus and Nauru. We still need to demand that the Australian government “Bring Them Here”.

There are also around 30,000 people seeking asylum in the community waiting for their claims to be processed, many unable to work and with only minimal income support. At most they will receive only Temporary Protection Visas, leaving them with the continuing threat of forced return and unable to reunite with their families.

Trump’s election and his hatred against Muslims, refugees and immigrants is encouraging some parliamentarians in Australia to follow suit. Trump’s belligerent language has disturbed governments and people across the planet and can only help induce more people into fleeing for safety. Australia should speak out to counter this effect.

But Trump’s actions have also produced big protests in the US as well as here in Sydney and around the world. Support for refugees is growing here too. Last year’s #LetThemStay protests stopped the government sending 267 refugees and asylum seekers back to Nauru and Manus Island. A majority of people now say detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru should end. Join us to step up the pressure for change. We can do better, Bring Them Here.

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Sydney Peace & Justice Coalition, PO Box K824, HAYMARKET NSW 1240.

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