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One man beaten and thrown in jail for having a camera. Police arrested others at peaceful protest. It is illegal to protest on Nauru. It is illegal to photograph protests. It is illegal to have a camera in the so called 'Open Centre'. It is illegal to use Facebook. It is illegal to take a bottle of water, drink, food into the detention centre. IT IS NOT ILLEGAL FOR POLICE TO HIT CHILDREN!, NOT ILLEGAL TO LOCK UP INNOCENT PEOPLE. IT IS NOT ILLEGAL TO RAPE. POLICE BRUTALITY IS NOT ILLEGAL. AND IT DOESN'T SEEM TO BE ILLEGAL FOR ABF TO MURDER!
From Free the Children NAURU Facebook posts
The horror and shame of Australia's Off-Shore detention policy laid bare -
On a cold mid winter evening, 20 Grandmothers assembled in the Pitt St Mall, travelling in from the Blue Mountains, Bundeena, Berowra and elsewhere. We then marched with 3 Banners through the Mall to Hyde Park to join with many others - see news.com article which includes Grandmothers highlighting the plight of children on Nauru.
We are outraged about what our country is doing to vulnerable children.
We are all grandmothers and we take our inspiration from the Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Argentina, and the Canadian 'Grandmothers to Grandmothers' campaign.
We call for release into safe haven. The central point of the 2000 strong Grandmothers Against Detention of Refugee Children is the necessity to release all refugee children with their families and all unaccompanied minors to a safe haven. For those who wish to accept the US option their ongoing care must be guaranteed. The others must be brought here to safety. Their suffering at our hands is unconscionable.
We are deeply concerned by the way our country is treating these children, who are dehumanised. They are robbed of their names and identity to become mere numbers. Their human rights to security, safety, education and adequate health care are being stolen away. Australia is robbing these vulnerable children of hope.
We will talk loudly and often to politicians, to friends, to neighbours.
We wish to create momentum across Australia to free all refugee and asylum seeker children from detention and to free them with their families in to safe haven.
Australian asylum policy
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has condemned Australia’s treatment of refugees – particularly those who arrive by boat – drawing particular attention to the severe negative impacts of family separation. The Committee also raised concerns about the harsh conditions in offshore detention centres and called on the government to bring all detainees on Manus and Nauru to Australia for processing. Meanwhile, Amnesty International’s Secretary-General Salil Shetty has warned that hardline border protection policies like Australia’s return people to extremist environments, and risk fuelling global radicalisation and terrorism.
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Grandmothers out and about everywhere for Refugee Week 2017. At the State Library, as part of the Refugee Film Festival, Grandmothers Wendy, Marty and Sandra congratulated Sydney Film-maker Jolyon Hoff following the World Premier Screening of The Staging Post .
The Staging Post follows two Afghan Hazara refugees, Muzafar and Khadim. Stuck in Indonesia after Australia 'stopped the boats' and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started the school which inspired a refugee education revolution.
A real-life, real-time, multi-platform documentary. The Staging Post is about friendship, connection and the power of community.
Further screenings -
July 1st 7pm. Glebe Town Hall 160 St Johns Rd. 'The Staging Post' screening. The Staging Post follows two Hazara refugees, Muzafar & Khadim, stuck in Indonesia after Australia stopped the boats, and facing many years in limbo, they built a community and started a school which inspired a refugee education revolution.
July 2nd 4pm The Royal Exchange 32 Bolton St Newcastle 'The Staging Post' for tickets: https://www.thestagingpost.com.au/
Another Sydney ScreeningTuesday July 25, 2017, Dendy Newtown. Further details and booking tickets on thestagingpost.com.au - link above.