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Rally for asylum seekers to be held in Lismore

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Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Oscar compound in the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea.  (AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell)
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A rally and walk for human rights and asylum seekers will be held in Lismore on Saturday.

Organised by Lismore Amnesty International and the North Coast peace group Remembering and Healing, the walk will take place through the central business district.

Anyone wanting to take part should be at the Lismore Transit Centre at 10.30am.

The rally and walk are being held to honour the deaths in custody of people seeking asylum that have been held at Manus Island and Nauru detention centres.

Organisers said they were hoping for a big turnout to press home the message that the situation for asylum seekers in off-shore detention centres needed to be resolved.

‘To keep these people in limbo is a total disgrace and against all decency as it is against Australia’s obigations towards the global community,’ RaH coordinator Sabina Beltruweit said.

‘It is high time to stop the brutalising of vulnerable people who have fled terrible conditions and are asking for our help.

‘The UN has warned the Australian government about the inhumane conditions at our detention centres.

‘These conditions are in breech of the international agreements Australia has signed.

‘It is shameful that our government readily points the finger at human rights abuses in other countries, but sets up and defends human rights abuses at home. This has to change!’

Organisers said a vigil outside Page MP Kevin Hogan’s office had been held of the past 50 weeks.

They gather between 4.30pm and 5.30pm, bearing signs saying ‘close the camps’, ‘human rights for all’ and ‘stop the cruelty’/


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  1. Yes… lets not forget these refugees… their only crime was seeking refuge… its coming up 4 years on these islands… the cost is two fold. The Australian taxpayer cant afford these camps… and the refugees cant mentally afford it…


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