Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

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Category 2012 Media Releases

Support the boycott of the Sri Lankan cricket team

Read about why RAC is calling for a boycott:

Australia must go in to bat for Tamils, Trevor Grant, The Age, December 11, 2012.

Call to boycott Sri Lankan cricket tour, Michael Gordon, The Age, December 10, 2012

Support the boycott of the Sri Lankan cricket team

This year, inspired by the spirit of Anti-Apartheid sporting boycotts, the Tamil Refugee Council and the Refugee Action Collective Victoria are asking you to join our call for a boycott of the Sri Lankan Cricket team.

For too long, Australia has turned a blind eye to the mounting evidence that the ruling regime in Sri Lanka has committed war crimes, including the slaughter of more than 40,000 innocent Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war in 2009.

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Candlelight vigil in solidarity hunger strikers on Nauru

Organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network

Friday, November 30 @ 7pm / City Square, corner of Swanston and Collins Streets, Melbourne

The Australian government has dumped asylum seekers on Nauru in intolerable conditions, but they are the responsibility of Australia, not Nauru.

Omid an Iranian man has been on hunger strike for over 30 days now, 6 others continue the hunger strike with him (other asylum seekers have ended their hunger strike, but continue their protest), their demands are to be brought to Australia and to start processing their asylum claims immediately.

We have organised this candlelight vigil in support of their demands. In their own words:

We have seen four asylum seekers that have made imaginary graves for themselves because of losing their mental health. The purpose of the hunger strike is not to give us facilities here in Nauru Hell; we want to be shifted from this Hell Hole to Australia and our cases should be started immediately.

In this modern period no body would keep a domestic animal in tent at
a temperature of 42 Celsius for a day but unfortunately human beings are living in Nauru Hell in such bad conditions.

In short period we have seen asylum seekers attempting suicide,
self-harming, becoming mentally disturbed, stressed, as well as
protests and hunger strikes. So what will be result in the future?

We request to the government and people of Australia save our lives and future.

Asylum seeker in Nauru

Cup Day Welcome Refugees BBQ & Festival

Tuesday 6 November, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Outside the Maribyrnong Detention Centre – 53 Hampstead Rd, Maidstone.

This Melbourne Cup Day join refugee rights supporters outside the Maribyrnong detention centre for an anti-racism music concert & BBQ. Let the people inside know many of us support their attempts to live in Australia by taking a Melbourne tradition to them.

Music from the legendary Chris Wilson, the Cherrywoods and Les Thomas. Plus more acts to be announced.

Halal BBQ & Drinks available. Bring your own picnic rug & hamper.

Plus a giant Melbourne Cup Sweep!

In between the music hear from Pamela Curr, campaigns coordinator for the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre & Adam Bandt, Greens MP.

We will also be making contact with the detainees behind the razor wire to communicate our solidarity with their struggle for freedom and human rights.

Organisations that support refugee rights are encouraged to bring an information table to the event.

For more information about the event call 0402 246 491 or 0405 736 265

Click attending & share the event on facebook to help get the word out.

This event is endorsed by the Refugee Advocacy Network