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Who will speak up for refugees if we don’t?

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Ballina Region for Refugees is holding a vigil to commemorate the 101st World Day of Migrants and Refugees, beside the river at the Cherry Street end of Fawcett Park, Ballina on Sunday, August 30 at 4.30pm.

People are warmly invited to gather to recognise the plight of migrants and refugees forced from their homelands because of famine or state-sanctioned conflict.

Come and put a human face to the experiences of displaced people seeking asylum in Australia and express concern at the inhumane treatment meted out by the Abbott government.

For example, Mojgan, now 21-years old, fled Iran as a teenager after being repeatedly raped and tortured by terrorists. She was detained in a Brisbane detention centre then released into community detention.

She married and has attended school. Eight months ago she was returned to the detention centre but allowed to attend school.

On Friday, August 7, with 12 weeks to complete her HSC studies, without explanation, Mojgan was dragged along the floor out of the centre by her hair and transferred to a Darwin detention centre.

It’s feared she will be one of several Iranian refugees deported as part of a new agreement Julie Bishop struck with Iran.  his government-initiated cruelty has been carried out in our names.


Use this opportunity to reinforce the 1951 UN Refugee Convention that states everyone has the right to seek asylum. Australia as a signatory flouts international law.

Who will speak up for refugees if we don’t?

Meg Pickup, Ballina

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