Demanding a humanitarian approach to refugees
Once again Australia is being shamed in the international community for its inhumane and immoral stance on refugees and asylum seekers. Over the past month more than 26,000 of you signed the Act for Peace petition telling Tony Abbott “nope nope nope” is unacceptable – we need a humanitarian approach to refugees.
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We are in the midst of a humanitarian crisis: for the first time since the second world war, there are more than 60 million forcibly displaced people around the world. And the average time spent in a refugee camp is 17 years.
Every day, tens of thousands of people flee their homes to avoid human rights abuses such as torture, persecution, armed conflict, extreme poverty and even death. Many risk – and lose - their lives trying to find safety. And how does Australia respond? By towing boats back to sea, keeping people in detention offshore without the possibility of gaining asylum, returning people at risk of further human rights abuse, and even rewriting the law to remove international protections.
More people are signing the petition every day. If enough of us take action, together we will show our Government that Australians are a fair and generous people, and that we want our refugee policies to reflect this.
If you haven’t already, you can sign the petition at www.actforpeace.org.au/refugees
Have Your Say
"I want Australia to be a kind & generous country, not selfish and cruel." - Marjorie, Bairnsdale, VIC
“But there for the grace of God go I. That applies to all of us who are lucky enough to live in Australia. Surely we can be kind and compassionate and share what we have.” - Jenny Pike
“I am appalled at the cruelty of our detention system - it makes me ashamed to be Australian.” - Caroline Thompson
“We cannot stand by and watch the suffering of these people. 'For the triumph of evil it is enough that good people do nothing'. Sadly, there are a lot of good people doing nothing in our parliament today.” - Anne Shay
“I was horrified by Tony Abbott's response to the question of whether Australia is going to help the Rohingya people stranded on boats, by saying "Nope, nope and nope". - Shame on you Tony Abbott, you do not speak for me.” Philippa Joyce
More ways to take action
Help keep families at risk from landslides safe by providing training in disaster risk reduction in schools. Training helps children to identify risks and warning signs of landslides, and teaches them how to keep safe if one happens.
Take the Act for Peace Ration Challenge and eat the same rations as a Syrian refugee during Refugee Week (19-26 June 2016). Raise money to support refugees who have lost everything, and challenge perspectives – including your own.
Right now, thousands of innocent people are fleeing Syria every day to protect their families from bloodshed, violence and death. We need your support to provide emergency relief packs to the families fleeing in Syria.