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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 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.
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.
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.
Stop wasting Taxpayers money & put the Castlereagh Corridor back to 1951 Planned Corridor
The residents, businesses and schools in Castlereagh, Cranebrook and Llandilo have been unfairly affected by the Proposed Bells Line of Road Castlereagh Corridor connection. From Fourth Ave Llandilo to Castlereagh Rd Castlereagh, this plan had been in place from 1951 and so bush land was left vacant for this purpose. Now the State Government have decided that this bush land; which is not nurtured, has piles of rubbish, asbestos and dumped material strewn throughout it; to keep this bush land as part of their contribution to Priority Conservation Land and barrel down hundreds of homes and related businesses.
End indefinite limbo for refugees in Indonesia! Lift Australia's ban on resettlement!
On 18 November 2014, the then immigration minister Scott Morrison announced that refugees and asylum seekers registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia on or after 1 July 2014 were no longer eligible for resettlement to Australia. The announcement came 12 months after the Abbott government commenced Operation Sovereign Borders, using the navy to turn back asylum seeker boats from Indonesia. Even before 2014, the number of UN-recognised refugees that Australia was resettling out of Indonesia was very very low. After averaging around 50 a year between 2001 and 2009, it rose to around 450 a year between 2010-11 and 2013-14 prior to the imposition of the ban. As a result of this ban, some 14,000 refugees and asylum seekers have been in limbo in Indonesia for five, and even up to 10 years. They survive on a few dollars a day, have no right to work or to access Indonesia’s health or education systems. The resettlement process for these thousands of refugees has been brutally long, and because other UN resettling countries regard Indonesia as Australia’s zone of resettlement responsibility, their prospects for resettlement are effectively zero. Most are forced to survive on an International Organisation for Migration (IOM) allowance of about $100 per month--just over $3 a day. Last year, hundreds of refugees were so desperate that they started sleeping under tarpaulin tents on a street next to an already full detention centre in West Jakarta, in the hope that they might be offered food and shelter. There have been protests and hunger strikes in many of Indonesia’s detention centres, not least Balikpapan in East Kalimantan and Makassar in South Sulawesi. In February this year, 24 year old Hazara Sajjad Jacob died after dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire at the Manado Immigration Detention Centre in North Sulawesi. Sajjad had been in the Manado detention centre for almost two decades, after coming to Indonesia in 2000 as a child with his family. The Indonesian government is now in the process of closing the detention centres, so asylum seekers are left to try to survive without support. The IOM is now introducing a new rule to force these impoverished refugees pay 10% of the cost of visiting a doctor. For those refugees with serious (and more expensive) illnesses, seeing a doctor will no longer be a possibility. It’s time to put an end to this protracted limbo and to immediately lift the ban on resettlement of refugees out of Indonesia. The Coalition’s policy turns back asylum boats but leaves refugees in Indonesia - among whom there are teachers and other professionals – without hope. The ALP’s national conference in December 2018 promised to “give appropriate consideration to UNHCR refugee registrations to assist Indonesia and the UNHCR to work through the backlog”. These refugees deserve more than consideration. For far too long, Australia has denied them a future and needs to act urgently. Refugee supporters are determined to fight this injustice. We demand that the Coalition and Labor unequivocally commit to lift Australia’s ban on resettling Indonesian UNHCR refugees.
End the dog meat trade in Asia #DogsAren'tDinner
The government introduced laws against the dog meat trade in China, but gave up shortly after. People and dogs are largely affected. Vietnam and Asia have not been able to eradicate rabies, which kills 2,000 people in China every year. Meat traders try to save money in every aspect, and therefore these animals have not been vaccinated against rabies. The dogs used are not farmed. They are stolen from loving owners and transported to their death, their collars still dangling from their necks. Dog meat thieves, butchers and traders indulge in cost-saving cruelty, which leads to wide-spread suffering. They are stuffed into tiny iron cages and transported long distances, with no food or water. The cages are simply thrown off the truck at the end of the journey, which many dogs don't survive. The dogs are then taken to a slaughter house or a back-alley butcher. They watch their companions bludgeoned to death with a wooden or metal pole, until it is their turn. The dogs are thrown into boiling water to remove their fur, and the unlucky ones will remain conscious to this stage. People need to be made aware of the situation that these dogs are facing. The more support animal welfare societies have, the greater their chance of influencing the government and organisations that watch these dogs suffer and die in thousands. If this situation isn't addressed soon, man's best friend will continue to suffer. Dog's have always been loyal, loving companions to humans and are willing to serve them. We them repay them but compressing them between wires, break their limbs and toss them around. It's not fair. It needs to be stopped.
Australian support for a UN General Resolution on Climate Justice
HELP THE 'I AM CLIMATE JUSTICE MOVEMENT' TRIGGER GLOBAL CHANGE We all know that urgent climate action is needed for climate change and that change needs to happen at a local, state and national level. But we also need change to happen at a global level because that is the level that international standards of behaviour for countries are set. That is why the 'I am Climate Justice Movement' is going to the United Nations and the World Court. We need countries to understand that they have a duty to protect LIFE, as all citizens of our earth face the increasingly severe impacts of climate change. At the moment, no duty exists. This will heavily influence local, state and national policy to be more climate focused and help us in achieving a future for Australia we can all be secure in. It will also assist smaller countries, who have contributed the least to climate change but will suffer the most, from the impacts we know are coming and others that cannot yet be predicted. Please help us send an urgent message to Australia and ALL countries that they need to protect LIFE in the face of climate crisis, for our generation and those to come. We will be sending a letter to the Australian Federal Government on 22 April, Earth Day and 5 June, World Environment Day asking for their support! We will continue to gather YOUR support until the UN General Assembly in September! Please join us in our legal fun and support this petition!