Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees (Melbourne)

Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees (Melbourne)

Once again, ASCM is supporting the Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees on 9 April. Join ASCM at the march, gathering at the State Library from 1:30pm.

Over 2,000 people are still in limbo on Nauru (including children) and on Manus Island (PNG). There are significant doubts about how many, if any will be offered resettlement in the US. Here in Australia there are over 200 people in detention (including over 30 children). There are nearly 2,500 asylum seekers living in the community on Temporary Protection Visas or TPVs with no certainty about permanent protection, and many of these are children. Moreover, 30,000 are on Bridging Visas, who have not been granted refugee status, and who have recently been given just 60 days to prove their refugee claims, or be at risk of deportation – this is deeply concerning, as the process for claiming asylum is complex, and needs legal support. It is feared that many of these people will be denied because a fair process and consequently returned to life threatening and dangerous situations.  

The Walk is calling for a new approach to asylum seekers:

  • Justice and Freedom for Refugees
  • Close detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru
  • Permanent Protection in Australia for people seeking asylum

Speakers include:  Daniel Webb - human rights lawyer; Jane Wylie - a former teacher on Nauru, a refugee speaker, and an interfaith panel with Islamic, Jewish and Christian representatives.  Corinne Grant will be MC.  Music by Abe Nouk, Kavisha Mazzella, the Mass Melbourne Gospel Choir and others.

Date: 
Sunday, 9 April, 2017 - 13:30
Location: 

State Library of Victoria
Melbourne
Victoria

Hosted by: 
Refugee Advocacy Network