Mon June 1 | RAC meeting with guest Cambodian Trade Unionist speakers

RAC meeting with guest Cambodian Trade Unionist Speakers

When: Monday 1st June

Where: ANMF House 540 Elizabeth St Melbourne, just North of Vic Markets

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The Refugee Action Collective meeting this Monday will have two Cambodian trade union leaders as guest speakers. They will give an introduction to the RAC meeting about the political/social situation in Cambodia, what’s wrong with Australia’s refugee deal with Cambodia, and their own struggles.

Speakers: Sar Mora & Yon Sineat
1) Mr. Sar Mora, currently the president of the Cambodian Food and Service Workers’ Federation (CFSWF). Started work life as a construction worker and then moved into the garment sector. He was involved for many years with the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers Democratic Union (C.CAWDU). Mora is also a representative of Solidarity House in Cambodia.

2) Ms. Yon Sineat, currently employed as a Project Officer with CFSWF. She started work life in the footwear industry before moving into the hospitality industry as a hotel worker. She became active in the Cambodian Tourism and Service Workers Federation (CTSWF) and became the local president of the women committee. Sineat then became a program officer with ACILS Cambodia and then a project co-ordinator with LO/FTF.

All welcome. The discussion on Cambodia, will be followed by a regular RAC meeting.

call Chris on 0403 013 183 for more details

Rescue and Resettle Rohingyan Refugees

A protest called by the Refugee Action Collective this Friday May 22, 5.30pm Bourke St Mall will demand that the Australian government  help to rescue up 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers stranded in the Malacca Straits – where the Australian Navy patrols close by” said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective.

The rally will call on the Abbott government to

•           Help Rescue the Rohingya

•           End Boat Turn Backs

•           Offer Australian resettlement to Rohingya refugees

•           End the ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia

•           Provide humanitarian assistance, not foreign aid cuts

Speakers include:

•           Habib Habiburahman – Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO)  (Melbourne Branch)

•           Pamela Curr – Asylum Seeker Resource Centre

•           Mohammed Baqiri – Afghan refugee who came to Australia on boat that sank

•           Senator Janet Rice – Greens

“Despite reports of 200 deaths already and many more imminent from dehydration, Tony Abbott continues to defend Australian turn backs of asylum boats. His encouragement to regional governments to do the same, has led to a deadly game of ping pong with asylum seekers pushed from country to country. It has become blatantly obvious that turn backs don’t save lives – they cause deaths.”

Breen continued  “Around 1300 Rohingyan asylum seekers have made it to land in Aceh, Indoneisa  many rescued by local fisherpeople. Local communities in Indonesia have organised donations of food, and water, but instead of offering help with humanitarian assistance Australia is cutting foreign aid to Indonesia by 40%. Australia must help provide aid, immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia.”

Habib Habiburahman for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO)  says “Ethnic cleansing pogroms with genocidal actions, repression and forceful eviction operations against Rohingya minority have been ongoing since 1942. Minorities continue to face vigilante attacks, extrajudicial killings, sexual abuse, arbitrary arrests and detention, inhumane torture, use of landmines, the recruitment of child soldiers, forced labour, striking-off of citizenship and not allowing to recourse under new citizenship act”

Breen continued “Rather than call for an end to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar, Coalition Senator George Brandis last year welcomed Australia’s  ‘growing defence engagement’ with the Myanmar regime.”

“If this was a natural disaster Australia would offer assistance. Australia spent up to $80 million searching for missing Malaysian plane MH370, unlike the plane we know where the boats are and that people are still alive. A fraction of that $80 million could save thousands of lives, but instead Abbott is wasting $400million on the Coalition new monstrous Border Force ministry. Abbott’s ‘stop the boats’ slogan is an expensive lie that costs lives. The lives of up to 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers rest in the hands of regional governments of Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The Refugee Action Collective demands immediate action to save lives” concluded Breen.

For further comment call Chris Breen  0403 013 183 for the Refugee Action Collective

or Habib Habiburahman  0469 773 077 – Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO)  (Melbourne Branch)

5:30pm Fri May 22 | Rescue and Resettle the Rohingyan Asylum Seekers

Rescue and Resettle the Rohingyan Asylum Seekers

5:30pm Friday May 22

Bourke St Mall, Bourke St, Melbourne VIC

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– Rescue the Rohingya
– End Boat Turn Backs
– Australia resettle Rohingya refugees

Speakers include a Rohingya Community Representative

The Australian government must help to rescue up 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers stranded in the Malacca Straits – where the Australian Navy patrols close by.

Despite reports of 200 deaths already and many more imminent from dehydration, Tony Abbott continues to defend Australian turn backs of asylum boats, and encourages Indonesia to do the same. But it has become glaringly obvious that turn backs don’t save lives – they cause deaths.

The stateless Rohingyans are victims of ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Indonesia has offered support to around 600 Rohingyan asylum seekers who have landed in Aceh, but instead of offering humanitarian assistance Australia is cutting foreign aid to Indonesia by 40%.

Australia must immediately lift its ban on accepting UNHCR refugees from Indonesia and offer Rohingyan refugees safe passage to Australia.

Abbott’s ‘stop the boats’ slogan is a costly sham that costs lives. The government could have saved the budget and saved lives by scrapping offshore processing which cost $3.6 billion last financial year. Instead it is adding to the obscene cost with $400 million more for its new monstrous Border Force ministry. A tiny fraction of this could instead help with an international rescue effort.

The lives of up to 8000 Rohingyan asylum seekers rest in the hands of regional governments of Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Every hour that passes without assistance puts more lives in danger.

Join the protest Friday

for more info visit www.rac-vic.org
or call Chris 0403 013 183

Sign Senator Sarah Hanson Young’s petition for immediate action
http://www.sarahhansonyoung.com/adrift_at_sea?recruiter_id=251738

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