On World refugee day, June 20 2011, RISE feels compelled to express our concern about the asylum seeker deal between the Malaysian and Australian governments. This day marks the 60th anniversary of the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (July 28) and the 50th anniversary of the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness (August 30). Events are being held around the world where refugee communities are being invited to dance and sing and help celebrate this landmark day with refugee agencies all over the world.
The refugee advocacy group RISE has created an online petition for people to sign against the Malaysian solution. Sign the petition here
Below is the text of the petition:
TO THE HONORABLE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
This petition is from Australian citizens and residents.
We draw the attention of the House to the Australian and Malaysian Refugee Trade:
RISE MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 27/4/2011 RISE is concerned about the portrayal in the mainstream media of the latest protests by asylum seekers incarcerated in Sydney’s Villawood immigration detention centre. The images of fires and other distressed acts carried out by incarcerated asylum seekers coupled with sound bites from mainstream media commentators, radio shock-jocks and politicians are being used to whip up flames of hysteria in the Australian community at large.
Several hundred people took part in a rally and march organised by the Refugee Advocacy Network (http://refugeeadvocacynetwork.org)to demand an end to the policy of mandatory detention of asylum seekers arriving by boat.