- Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
- Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women
Free Julian Assange, before it's too late. Sign to STOP the USA Extradition
Julian Assange has been forcibly removed from political asylum and has been arrested. He is no longer in the Ecuadorian Embassy and instead is in British police custody. Julian Assange now faces the prospect of extradition to the USA to face 175 years imprisonment for publishing facts delivered to him as a journalist and those facts revealed systemic government corruption and war crimes. These were the exact issues he required protection from and why he accepted Ecuadorian political asylum. Julian Assange is an Australian Citizen who had been "arbitrarily" detained for over 8 years and more recently had endured over 1 year of torture in the form of continuous solitary confinement. Deprived of sunlight, contact with the outside world and proper healthcare. The United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner on Feb. 5, 2016 determined that Julian Assange's arbitrary detention "should be brought to an end". Julian Assange is an awarded and respected international journalist who has never incorrectly published any news. We respectfully request the Prime Minister and/or the Foreign Minister of the Australian Government intervene and ensure Julian Assange's freedom of safe passage and return to his home Australia or any other location that Julian Assange requests to travel to. We further respectfully request that the Australian Government where influence can be made with friendly nations, that the Australian Government ensure that no extradition order is effected on Julian Assange from the USA that may otherwise impinge on his ongoing freedom of passage and existence. You can read more about this campaign in the updates below. Please, sign and share this petition. Thank you.
Marise Payne, act now to #BringJamesRicketsonHome or my innocent father will die in jail
VICTORY! James Ricketson is now free, thanks in no small part to everyone who signed this petition. Dad wants to thank you all for your ongoing support, we couldn't have done it without you. Now, we hope that we can channel that incredible energy: we want to get impoverished Cambodian families out of the rubbish dumps they live in, and into homes. Visit Family by Family to learn how you can help. My Australian adopted dad, James Ricketson has the kindest heart - yet he’s holed up in a Cambodian prison without even having committed a crime. Unless the Australian government responds quickly, my innocent dad could die in jail. I’m petrified - every day matters now as he gets sicker. I’m so worried for dad’s rapidly deteriorating health - He is almost 70 frail and squashed in a tiny cell with 140 others. It’s so cramped, they have to take it in turns to lie down. Body lice are eating him alive. Dad is an Australian documentary maker/journalist. His only crime is kindness and using his award winning documentaries to portray the truth. The Cambodian government is holding him indefinitely without charge for the ridiculous and untrue accusation of espionage / spying as an Australian citizen - which carries 15 years. All he did was fly a drone over an opposition party rally, which isn’t even illegal. There is a new Foreign Minister – Marise Payne – who hasn’t made up her mind on James’ case yet. Dad was making a documentary about Australia’s abused street kids when he adopted me and loved me as his own daughter. He saved my life. He was one of the first men in my life to show me kindness but now the Australian government has turned their back on him.
UPDATE: 27 Jan 2019 - Hakeem has spent more than 60 days in prison waiting for the Thai authorities decision. He is currently held at Bangkok Remand Prison (Klong Prem Central Prison), after the court given Bahrain 60 days period (until 8 Feb 2019) to submit the official request. A refugee football player from Melbourne who has been detained at Bangkok Airport since 27 November, has now been placed in Suan Plu (Bangkok) Immigration Detention Centre and is facing deportation back to Bahrain, the country from which he sought refuge and where he fears torture and persecution. On 27 November, Hakeem Al-Araibi had travelled from Australia to Thailand to with his wife. On arrival, he was detained at Bangkok Airport by Thai authorities on the basis of an Interpol Red Notice. The Notice relates to politically motivated charges issued in Bahrain against Al-Araibi. It is noted that since 2015 Interpol has said it would not allow red notices against confirmed refugees and asylum seekers from the countries they fled from. Human rights activists in both Australia and Thailand and the Australian football community, campaigned for the release Al-Araibi and highlighted the responsibility of both Australia and Thailand to protect Al-Araibi, a refugee who fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to his brother's peaceful involvement in protests against the ruling family during the Arab Spring of 2011. Al-Araibi had arrived in Australia in 2014 and was granted refugee status and permanent residency. He has worked hard to build a future here in Australia. Last season he played for Pascoe Vale Football Club, taking the position of defence. He played at the National premium League for Victoria. He has been signed by the club for the upcoming season in 2019. The Chairman of Pascoe Vale Club, Lou Tona, told the ABC that Al-Araibi “was a respectful kid, a respectful person within the teammates…. He never got out of line, he’s just a quiet unassuming character. I just hope that him and his wife are ok”. Activists are demanding to allow Hakeem to return back to his current country Australia to save him from the imminent danger if deported to Bahrain. Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director at Human Rights Watch, said “Under no circumstances can he be sent to Bahrain…. Interpol Red Notices do NOT apply to recognised refugees like Hakeem al-Araibi”. Mr Robertson added that “MFAThai should coordinate with DFAT& Refugees to ensure that he is not forced back to Bahrain to face imprisonment and torture”. Yahya Alhadid, president of Gulf Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (GIDHR), said: “Al-Araibi had publicly criticized senior members of Bahraini royal family, he conducted interviews with media outlets and exposed the blatant violations which are committed in Bahrain. Deporting him to Bahrain puts him at significant risk and endangers his life. We call on the Australian Government to fight to get him back safe and save him from the imprisonment and torture he will face in Bahrain for unfounded and politically motivated charges.” If we won the battle Hakeem will be returned safely to his current country Australia and will continue to contribute to the society he lives and plays soccer in. However, if we lost the battle he will be deported to Bahrain as imprisoned there over political charges. Reports from Bahraini prisons reveal that the wellbeing of the political prisoners is at risk as there is no respect for the minimum standards of their basic rights, and their lives are in real danger.
Allow Uighurs trapped in Xinjiang to join their families in Australia
China has imprisoned over one million Uighurs in concentration camps, and imposed stringent surveillance on the rest of the Uighur population in Xinjiang province, in a campaign that is effectively ethnic cleansing. The small Uighur community in Australia is desperate to get their families out. Husbands are waiting for wives, and for children they have not seen in years. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has expressed deep concern about what is happening in Xinjiang. But there is a simple, small step that she, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Immigration Minister David Coleman can take: pressure China to release the families of Australian Uighurs, and give them visas.
Bring Hazem Home
UPDATE: On Wednesday 6th of March, Hazem was released from police custody. When he tried to leave with his daughter and return to Australia, he was turned back and denied exit. He's remains stuck in Cairo. We're now petitioning for Australian authorities to do more to assist Hazem and Saja to come home. We will not rest until Dad is back in Brisbane. * * * Last year, our dad was arrested and jailed in Egypt after he flew to Cairo to join us for a family holiday.Needless to say, this devastated our family.Egypt has been known for undertaking random arrests and throwing people in jail while they say they are doing investigations to find evidence. Our dad has now been in Tora Prison in Cairo for a year and we are scared we might never see our dad again.We waited for a year to see if the Egyptian authorities would either release or charge dad, but no evidence has ever been presented to justify him being in prison. And so he remains in limbo and alone in prison, thousands of kilometres away from his family.We don’t want to wait anymore. We want the Australian authorities to do more to help us find a resolution for our father and to bring him home. Since no evidence has been shown, we want dad released and brought back home to Australia. It is a grave perversion of justice to imprison a man without evidence or a clear reason. Help us bring our family back together by signing this petition and demanding that the Australian government stand up for its multicultural citizens. We love our dad and we miss him immensely, all we want to do is have him home with us again.*Note: All donations at change.org are directed to promoting the petition and supporting change.org. They are not given to the family.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Reunite Chau Van Kham with his family
We urge you to demand the Hanoi government to immediately release Vietnamese-Australian human rights advocate Chau Van Kham Long-time Sydney resident Chau Van Kham was detained in Vietnam while on a human rights fact-finding mission--days before the UN Universal Periodic Review of the human rights record of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. A well known member of the Vietnamese community in Australia, Chau Van Kham has worked to shed light on the Hanoi’s government’s ongoing crackdown of free expression and peaceful activism. According to media reports, Chau Van Kham was detained in Saigon in mid January while meeting with Nguyen Van Vien. A local Vietnamese, Nguyen Van Vien is a member of the Brotherhood for Democracy, a Vietnamese civil society organisation working to train and educate Vietnamese people about their fundamental rights. According to his family, Chau Van Kham received his first consular visit after more than two weeks and is being denied legal representation by the Vietnamese authorities. We are outraged that the Vietnamese authorities have indefinitely detained an Australian citizen and are reportedly considering vague political charges. We believe that the Australia-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership can only be realised when the Hanoi government respects basic human rights and treats everyone fairly. We respectfully urge your government to work for the immediate and unconditional release of Australian citizen Chau Van Kham as well as Vietnamese national Nguyen Van Vien. ********************************* Thủ Tướng Scott Morrison: Hãy Đoàn Tụ Ông Châu Văn Khảm Với Gia Đình Chúng tôi kêu gọi ông yêu cầu chính quyền Hà Nội trả tự do ngay cho ông Châu Văn Khảm, một nhà đấu tranh cho nhân quyền người Úc gốc Việt. Là một cư dân lâu năm tại thành phố Sydney, ông Châu Văn Khảm đã bị bắt giữ tại Việt Nam khi ông thực hiện chuyến đi tìm hiểu và lượng định tình trạng nhân quyền tại Việt Nam – vài ngày trước khi diễn ra phiên Kiểm Điểm Định Kỳ Phổ Quát của Liên Hiệp Quốc về hồ sơ nhân quyền của nước Cộng Hòa xã Hội Chủ Nghĩa Việt Nam. Là một thành viên sinh hoạt tích cực trong cộng đồng người Việt tại Úc Châu, ông Châu Văn Khảm đã nỗ lực để rọi đèn vào việc chế độ Hà Nội đang đàn áp tự do ngôn luận và các hoạt động đấu tranh ôn hòa. Theo thông tin thì ông Châu Văn Khảm đã bị giam giữ tại Sài Gòn vào giữa tháng 01/2019 khi ông tiếp xúc với ông Nguyễn Văn Viễn. Ông Nguyễn Văn Viễn là một người ở địa phương và là thành viên của Hội Anh Em Dân Chủ, một tổ chức xã hội dân sự Việt Nam hoạt động nhằm huấn luyện và chia sẻ đến người dân Việt Nam về các quyền căn bản của họ. Theo gia đình, ông Châu Văn Khảm chỉ được lãnh sự Úc thăm lần đầu tiên sau hơn hai tuần bị giam giữ và bị nhà cầm quyền Việt Nam không cho luật sư bảo vệ. Chúng tôi vô cùng bức xúc vì chính quyền Việt Nam đã giam giữ vô thời hạn một công dân Úc và được tin là họ dự tính đưa ra những cáo buộc chính trị mơ hồ. Chúng tôi tin rằng quan hệ đối tác toàn diện Úc-Việt Nam chỉ có thể thực hiện khi chính quyền Hà Nội tôn trọng các quyền căn bản của con người và đối xử công bằng với người dân. Chúng tôi trân trọng kêu gọi chính phủ Úc can thiệp để trả tự do tức khắc và vô điều kiện cho công dân Úc Châu Văn Khảm cũng như ông Nguyễn Văn Viễn quốc tịch Việt Nam.
Australia will not support a US led war in Iran
Australia should not participate in any United States led military action against Iran. Not only would a military action against Iran be costly, redirecting funds from our vital services, infrastructure and communities here in Australia, it will undoubtedly claim the lives of our soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen - all for a war that will not make us safer and paint us as a target for stateless terror threats. Current tensions are the direct result of provocations from the Trump administration, whose claims of a nuclear threat from Iran are baseless and run contrary to the routine audits of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), who have found Iran compliant with the conditions of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (aka The Iran Nuclear Deal) . The deal (also signed by China, France, Germany & the EU) has been violated by the United States, who have implemented strangling economic sanctions on the nation and ignored recommendations from the United Nations International Court of Justice to cease . Meanwhile, Iran and Australia have a significant two-way trading relationship, worth $A584 million in the last financial year. False narratives have baited Australia into disastrous, illegal wars such as Vietnam and Iraq in the past. Without an authorising resolution from the United Nations Security Council, any military action against Iran would also be illegal, and orders of magnitude more destructive. This petition demands that our representatives discuss the rising tensions between Iran and the United States in parliament, developing a strategy for de-escalation, and implores that we learn from our past mistakes in blindly supporting the US/Australian alliance at any cost.  https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/19/06/gov2019-21.pdf https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKCN1MD2CP-OCATP Further reading:https://www.michaelwest.com.au/paul-barratt-australia-should-not-participate-in-conflict-with-iran/
Demand sanctions against Hun Sen's illegal regime & free Cambodia's political prisoners
Australia was a key player in bringing democracy to post Khmer Rouge Cambodia. This democracy has been consistently eroded by Hun Sen's ruling party to the point where; 1/9/17 Mr Kem Sokha, leader of the opposition CNRP is arrested 16/9/17 the CNRP is forcibly dissolved May 2018 Hun Sen's regime crack down on NGOs and independent media outlets - Radio Free Asia, Cambodia Daily, Voice of America and others 29/7/18 the Cambodian election takes place without the main opposition party, the CNRP or effective international scrutiny. 1/8/18 Hun Sen's kangaroo court convicted Australian James Ricketson of espionage and sentenced him to 5 years in prison. The USA has already imposed targeted sanctions with visa restrictions and asset freezes. The US House of Representatives has passed The Cambodia Democracy Act 2018 aimed at taking further actions against the Hun Sen regime and recently announced an expansion of visa bans on individuals seen as limiting democracy in Cambodia.
Australian pressure on Japanese Whaling
Japan has resumed commercial whaling as of July 2019, an industry that employs no more than 300 people. Already, whales have been killed and sold as meat in Japan, and Australia and the rest of the world have been mute in their response. In 2010, Australia took Japan to the International Court of Justice, which ruled in Australia’s favour and ultimately led to a premature end to Japan’s 2014/15 whaling. This petition is to resume our Australia’s role as the international leader on whale conservation and defence. This petition asks Scott Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne to put international pressure on Shinzo Abe of Japan to end commercial whaling and end Japanese whaling altogether. image - Reuters: Kim Kyung-Hoon via ABC
Australian say no to China extradition
The people of Hong Kong require your help in their fight for freedom. You may be aware of the massive protest in Hong Kong on 9 June 2019. This recent protest in Hong Kong was sparked by a proposal of the Hong Kong government to amend the extradition laws in the region. What is the proposed law? The proposed law will enable the Hong Kong government to extradite suspects to jurisdictions that do not share an extradition treaty with Hong Kong, including mainland China, a jurisdiction that does not support, or indeed is oppose to, the rule of law. Why should Australians be concerned? The proposed extradition law can apply to foreigners in Hong Kong, including over 100,000 Australians that reside in Hong Kong on a long term basis. Any person that transits through Hong Kong will be covered under the legislation. As China's President Xi recently stated, the rule of law and an independent judiciary are "mistaken Western ideas". The legal profession of Hong Kong, including a number of senior judges, are appalled by the proposed amendments, as these laws can potentally be used against political opponents and dissidents of Beijing. These fears are well founded as Beijing has shown a willingness to extradite dissidents for trial in mainland China, sometimes through illegal means as demonstrated by the 2016 abduction of several booksellers in Hong Kong that specialise in books that criticise Beijing and its high level officials. To protect the their rights and people of all nationalities that take refuge in Hong Kong, the people of Hong Kong have taken to the streets. Multiple media outlets reported the protest on 9 June had more than 1 million participants. 1 in 7 of the people in Hong Kong stood up against the authoritarian law. The staggering number is a testament to the resilience and dignity of the people of Hong Kong. They are courageous to stand up against a regime that is no stranger to using deadly force against protesters. And indeed, the Hong Kong government unleashed brutal and excessive force against the Hong Kong people on the afternoon of 12 June. Rubber bullets, rifles equipped with bean bag rounds and tear gas bombs were deployed against overwhelmingly peaceful protesters and reporters. Many were seriously injured and facing charges that can result in harsh terms of imprisonment. The human rights groups, the European Union, the United States, the UK and Canada have criticise the proposed law and condemned the use of overwhelmingly excessive force in strong terms. Australia's western allies have voiced their support of the people of Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Morrison Coalition Government took a neutral stance. The stance taken by the Morrison government does not sufficiently reflect the seriousness of the potential implications for Australians. The interests of Australians must be the government's paramount consideration. The Morridom Government must also acknowledge that there are core differences between China and Australia, one of which is the respect for the rule of law and human rights, a core value that our western allies have pointed out in their criticisms against the authoritarian law. The people Hong Kong is attempting to uphold their rights and freedoms that Australia and its allies based their systems of government upon, and it is only right that Australia join its western allies to reiterate in no uncertain terms that Beijing must respect the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong, as well as Australians that live in Hong Kong. The Morrison Coalition Government must: 1. Revoke the existing extradition agreement between China and Australia to ensure Australians are not subject to unfair trials in mainland China 2.Stand together with Australia's western allies to support the people of Hong Kong and overseas Australians 3.Condemn the excessive force used by Hong Kong's police force and false allegations of rioting offences 4.Reassess Hong Kong's autonomous status 5. impose sanctions on high level officials of the Hong Kong Government, including immigration restrictions and asset freezing