Monthly Archives: December 2015

RISE Arts’ Space Equipment Appeal

Dear Friends,

We would like to bring to your attention an exciting new initiative within RISE. As part of the new RISE drop-in centre we are seeking to establish a community-based performance space.

The drop-in centre will provide a platform for aspiring artists in our communities to develop industry skills and express themselves in a safe and supportive environment. With the assistance of our talented and trained staff and mentors, we hope to provide aspiring artists with the engineering and production facilities to showcase their skills in a variety of artistic mediums.

Through a series of workshops and performances, the art projects at our drop-in centre will aim to empower refugees and asylum seekers to develop their means for creative expression, communication and dialogue. This project will be developed and run by refugees and asylum seekers and will be for our communities in Melbourne, making it particularly unique.

The need for this project arose from RISE’s consultations with asylum seekers and refugee communities. One of the most common needs identified by people is for their voice to be heard, recognised and acknowledged in addressing the various challenges they face.

RISE operates in areas which are grossly underserviced and underfunded as such we are seeking your financial assistance in sourcing suitable equipment to establish the RISE drop-in centre. Examples of desired equipment include;

  • Projector: $1,999
  • Wireless Headset Microphone: $99
  • Wireless Speaker System: $300
  • Projector Screen: $399

If you would like to donate any above equipment or donate funds please contact admin@riserefugee.org

Regards

RISE Team

Deported to danger: Sudanese refugees in Jordan 18/12/2015

The Jordanian government denied Sudanese refugees protection by dehumanising and detaining Sudanese refugees, and then deporting them back to the danger of further persecution in Sudan by RISE member .

RISE highly condemns the forceful deportation of hundreds of Sudanese refugees- mostly from Darfur- to Sudan by the Jordanian government. According to the report, troops entered the area at around 3 am in the morning, forcibly rounded up the Sudanese refugees and escorted them to the airport.

The majority of Sudanese refugees in Jordan come from war zones such as Darfur in western Sudan.  Darfur was an independent region until 1916 when the British forcibly occupied and merged it with another region, Sudan, which was also under British occupation. After Sudan gained independence in 1956, Darfur continued to be economically marginalised and underdeveloped at a federal level.  Ever since war began in Darfur in 2003, around 300,000 people have been killed, and more than 3 million people have been displaced internally and externally. Most of the casualties and forced displacements are of civilians. The international community has turned a blind eye over the ongoing war in Darfur.

New Sudanese special forces under the command of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), have committed war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity, systemic discrimination, and other abuses against Darfur civilians. Thus, the persecution led by the Sudan government forces these people to seek asylum in different countries, including neighbouring countries such as Jordan.

Since last month, the conditions of Sudanese asylum seekers has become very critical. As a result, they started protesting for humanitarian assistance and better living conditions in Jordanian refugee camps. The Jordanian government started punishing and discriminating against Sudanese seeking asylum in Jordan, and denied their basic rights according to the UN Refugee Convention of 1951.

The Jordanian government denied Sudanese refugees protection, as well as the right to seek asylum, by dehumanising and detaining Sudanese refugees, and then deporting them back to the danger of further persecution in Sudan.

According to reports, about 4000 Sudanese asylum seekers are in Jordan. Majority of the Sudanese that have been deported are registered in UNHCR, and have faced discrimination from the Jordanian government based on their race and skin colour. Jordanian authorities, rather than protecting those who fled the war in Darfur, detained and deported about 800 Sudanese asylum seekers back to Sudan.

When refugees seek protection, they should not be deported back to where they would face persecution nor should they be detained crossing borders. Refugees must be treated humanely, with dignity, and given protection. In deporting Sudanese refugees, Jordan shows the rest of the world that it does not comply with its own customary human rights laws, and does so with outright xenophobia.

At RISE, we wonder which part of the world we can seek protection in if every country keeps deporting and detaining our community members (refugees), and where is the so called “justice” here for us? It should not be just theory in books, but it should also be practiced.

 

RISE supports call for UN to end contracts with G4S worth more than $22 million annually:

While Australia’s Manus island detention camp was subcontracted to G4S, asylum seeker Reza Barati was killed and other asylum seekers maimed after attacks were carried out by detention staff in 2014. To date no one has been convicted of these crimes.

In 2010, Angolan asylum seeker Jimmy Mubenga died in the hands of G4S during forced deportation from the UK in 2010. Sixty five racist jokes were found on the mobile phone of one of the G4S security guards who was restraining him when he died. (http://riserefugee.org/inquest-into-the-death-of-a-deporte…/).

In Israel, 520 Palestinians, including 5 children are reported to be administratively detained like asylum seekers and refugees in Australia. This detention system is also run by G4S.

UNHCR in Jordan has cancelled it’s contracts with G4S after protests initiated by the Palestinian BDS movement and RISE:Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees supports their call for the UN to end ALL contracts with G4S.

Information on BDS campaign to end UN contracts with G4S:

http://www.addameer.org/Campaign/StopG4S/UNdropG4S

https://electronicintifada.net/…/jordan-branch-un-age…/15046

http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=769216&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

 

Support Self Determination : Support RISE end of the year appeal 2015 :

RISE is managed, developed, staffed and controlled by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds.

Dear Friends,

RISE prides itself on being a registered, not-for-profit organisation, and working tirelessly to improve non-government and government policies in relation to refugees/asylum seekers and to generate a positive social change for our community.

RISE is managed, developed, staffed and controlled by people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds. Those who have first-hand experience of settling in Australia are giving back to the community by working to support new arrivals as well as people who have been struggling in the community for some time.

RISE represents and is connected with over 30 community groups (including Afghan, Burmese, Eritrean, Ethiopian, Iranian, Iraqi, Kenyan, Rohingya, Somali, Sudanese, Syrian and Tamil) in order to develop and create integrated projects.

At present there are over 2600 refugees and asylum seekers are registered to accesses some of our important services. We operate with some of the most under-serviced members of our society. You can support us by making a regular donation to keep our projects and services alive for our members.

Many are forced to live below the poverty line, being left with a mere $7 a day to cover transport, food and clothing costs. Those ineligible to access services are “left behind”, hindering their social development and adversely impacting their health and self-esteem.

In order to be able to assist members with any of the above services, we need to increase our resource capacity in these areas. Your donation will directly support our members in 5 key areas including,

1. Settlement Support Services
2. Job seeker / Training Services
3. A daily drop-in centre with a library, Food Bank and free internet services operating from 9.30am to 7.00pm
4. Educational programs
5. Food bank

How to Donate to RISE:

RISE is a tax-deductible organization and your financial support will enable us to assist refugees and asylum seekers in building their new lives in Australia. Your donation will assist our dedicated volunteers to provide services directly to children, adults and entire families in the refugee and asylum seeker communities.

To donate, please click here http://www.givenow.com.au/riserefugee

and

PayPal link for donation –  Click here (Tax receipt available on request)