Monthly Archives: November 2013

ACT NOW : Australian government is providing boats to Sri Lankan navy to “stop refugee boats”

ACT NOW: Sri Lanka to use Aussie gift boats to stop refugee boats and Tony Abbott is going to sign a new MOU between Sri Lankan and Australian Navy .

Also on reports of alleged torture by Sri Lankan security forces, Mr Abbott told reporters that while his government “deplores the use of torture we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen”.

Read more:
http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/sri-lanka-to-use-aussie-gift-boats-to-stop-people-smugglers-20131116-2xnwc.html#ixzz2kqx9yv22

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/abbotts-torture-comment-sparks-response-20131116-2xnfl.html

More than 1000 asylum seekers have been returned to Sri Lanka in a year without being allowing to apply for asylum, some within just 48 hours of arriving to Australia by boat. We have also reports now that unaccompanied minors have been deported in this way- see previous post – https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=671182889588520&id=231684710205009

ACT NOW:
Please share links to this movie to show the war crimes committed by the same Sri Lankan Military that the Australian government is making a deal with:

http://distrify.com/films/6715-no-fire-zone-the-killing-fields-of-sri-lanka?widget_id=4612&utm_source=Distrify&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=Widget-4612

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/no-fire-zone/4od

Also continuing disappearances in Sri Lanka (second largest no. of unsolved in the world next to Iraq):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E12gULGChU

Also continuing coverage of CHOGM by Channel 4 who produced No Fire zone: http://www.channel4.com/news/sri-lanka

Reports from independent Sri Lankan media group who obtained initial footage aired by Channel 4 at great risk:
http://www.jdslanka.org/

MOST IMPORTANTLY:
Write to Tony Abbott, Scott Morrison & Julia Gillard, Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek and other local MPs, Senators ask them IF THEY HAVE WATCHED THE NO FIRE ZONE MOVIE and make sure you get an answer from them and post up here to let us know what their answer is.

UK Prime Minister confirmed to the UK public after massive campaigning that he watched it why have we not demanded the same from our own Prime Minister? https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/no-fire-zone-was-chilling-tweets-british-pm/

We cannot do much to change Rajapaksa, but we have to demand accountability from our own elected representatives:

Contact details of Australian Senators and MPs: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Guidelines_for_Contacting_Senators_and_Members

Note: Watching the movie is just the first step and is not on it’s own going to resolve matters, but we need to know if they have at least even done that-knowing how closely Australia is working with the Sri Lankan military.

Afghan MPs call on the Coalition to scrap Temporary Protection Visas

A group of 45 members of the Afghan Parliament have written to Prime Minister Tony Abbott appealing to him to reconsider the government’s proposal to re-introduce Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs). The translated text of the letter is below.

To: The Hon Tony Abbott, Prime Minister, Australia
Cc: the Hon Scott Morrison, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

Dear Prime Minister,

We, the members of Afghanistan’s parliament acknowledge, and appreciate, the collaboration and cooperation that the people, parliament and the government of Afghanistan receive from the people, parliament and the government of Australia. We are very thankful for the endless efforts make by the people and the government of Australia to bring peace and security to our country.

We are also grateful to the people and the government of Australia for hosting refugees from Afghanistan. As you know the continuing insecurity and terrorist activities in Afghanistan are taking the lives of our people and many of our people are vulnerable to these threats.

In this situation, the continuing assistance of the Australian people and the government is crucial to save our people lives. While the Afghan parliament acknowledges and appreciates your continued assistance and commitment to the right to human life, and the protection of human rights and human dignity, we would like to bring the following matters to your attention:

1) Due to the lack of security, the Australian embassy in Kabul has not been able to gather information about those areas where the largest numbers of refugees and displaced people are living. We are ready to cooperate in gathering and collecting such information with the Australian government and the Australian parliament.

2) We urge you to reconsider the introduction and implementation of Temporary Protection Visas. This policy will not solve the problems of refugees and asylum seekers. We are very thankful that Afghan people and refugees are able to consider ‘Australia’ as their second home and that while respecting Australian values and laws, they can work and live without fear of being deported. The Temporary Protection Visa will not help the legal transfer of the asylum seekers and refugees’ families. Therefore, we hope that, as in the past, the refugees and asylum seekers will be treated with care and compassion and that you will reconsider the introduction of Temporary Protection Visas.

3) Afghan refugees do not have good experiences in either our neighbouring countries (Iran & Pakistan), or in the Gulf countries hosting them, and they face serious problems.
As a friend of Afghanistan, we would expect the Australian government to pay attention to providing basic human rights for Afghan refugees and to treat them in a compassionate way.

4) We are ready to cooperate with the Australian government to prepare legal migration pathways and so prevent unauthorised migration.
Once again, while we are thankful to you, we are looking forward to your consideration to review the [Temporary Protection Visa] policy.

Sincerely yours,

Dr Sajjadi (Ghazni, abdolqaium@yahoo.com, +93 799345952 )
Ali Akbar Qasemi (Ghazni), MP Nasseri (Wardak), MP Raihana Azad (Uruzgan), MP Mohammad Ibrahim Qasemi (Kabul), ), Ramazan Bashardost (Kabul), Zahra Farkhnda (Kabul), Nilofar Ibrahimi (Badakhshan), Karokhe (Herat) , plus 36 others. Members of Parliament, Afghanistan