- 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 70-year-old Australian citizen Mr Chau Van Kham was sentenced to 12 years in prison, falsely accused of “terrorism”. The Vietnamese government has a long standing history of using arbitrary laws to silence and punish political dissent in violation of international law. Now, an Australian citizen is suffering a severe penalty for supporting pro-democracy advocates in the country. This harsh sentence was imposed after a lengthy detention of over 10 months, during which the criminal charge was changed and only limited supervised consular visits were allowed. His family and friends hold grave concerns for his health and treatment while in detention. With his health deteriorating and requiring medical attention, he is unlikely to survive 12 years in the harsh conditions of a Vietnamese prison. In contravention of international law, Mr Chau was denied a fair trial, and he has not been granted access to legal counsel to appeal his sentence. The Vietnamese government did not provide evidence warranting the severity of the sentence, and the due process violations indicate his limited recourse to file an appeal. We call on the Australian government to intervene immediately in this case and protect the civil and human rights of an Australian citizen. In light of recent efforts to broaden trade and security cooperation between Australia and Vietnam, we urge the Australian Government to prioritise these crucial matters of international law and human rights. ********************************* 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. Ông Châu Văn Khảm, một công dân Úc 70 tuổi, đã bị quy chụp tội khủng bố và bị kết án 12 năm tù. Lâu nay Chính phủ Việt Nam vẫn luôn sử dụng luật pháp một cách tùy tiện để bịt miệng và trừng phạt những người bất đồng chính kiến, vi phạm nghiêm trọng luật pháp quốc tế. Nay một công dân Úc đang phải gánh chịu sự đàn áp vì ủng hộ những người hoạt động dân chủ ở Việt Nam. Chính phủ Việt Nam đã đưa ra bản án khắc nghiệt này sau khi giam giữ ông Khảm hơn 10 tháng. Trong khoảng thời gian này ông Khảm chỉ được gặp giới chức lãnh sự Úc dưới sự giam sát của công an, và chính phủ Việt Nam đã đổi tội danh gán ghép cho ông, từ âm mưu lật đổ nhà nước sang thành khủng bố. Gia đình và bạn bè rất lo lắng cho sức khỏe và việc điều trị bệnh của ông trong điều kiện giam giữ khắc nghiệt. Với sức khỏe ngày càng suy yếu và cần được điều trị, ông Khảm khó có thể sống trở về Úc sau 12 năm bị giam giữ trong điều kiện khắc nghiệt của nhà tù Việt Nam. Trái với luật pháp quốc tế, ông Châu Văn Khảm đã bị từ chối quyền được có một phiên tòa công bằng, và ông đã không được quyền gặp luật sư để kháng cáo bản án của mình. Chính phủ Việt Nam đã không cung cấp bằng chứng để biện minh cho mức độ nghiêm trọng của bản án, và các vi phạm về thủ tục tố tụng cho thấy việc nộp đơn kháng cáo của ông Khảm đã bị gây khó khăn. Chúng tôi kêu gọi chính phủ Úc can thiệp ngay lập tức trong trường hợp này và bảo vệ quyền công dân và quyền con người của một công dân Úc. Trước những nỗ lực gần đây để mở rộng hợp tác thương mại và an ninh giữa Úc và Việt Nam, chúng tôi thúc giục Chính phủ Úc ưu tiên những vấn đề quan trọng về luật pháp quốc tế và nhân quyền.
Hong Kong is under humanitarian crisis , Please defend against atrocities with us
With various ironclad evidence lately, Hong Kong has proven to be a police state under martial law leading to a severe humanitarian crisis and the threat of a modern genocide is close. Therefore, may we send you with our heartiest requests for your kindness & mercy to assist us in the following ways:1) To introduce and pass the Global Magnitsy Human Rights Accountability Act (Australia) within a short course to sanction government officials and police authority who severely suppress human rights in the city of Hong Kong. The Act will stand for the safeguarding and maintaining the universal value of of human rights, freedom and justice.2) To offer Hong Kong citizens a safe haven by extending Hong Kong citizens' visa to enable their residency in Australia. Furthermore, please consider and provide special arrangement to assist and fast-track with the asylum seeking application filed by Hong Kong citizens' who are facing genuine risk of possible harm and personal safety concern should they return to Hong Kong. 3) To condemn the Hong Kong government for their violent suppression against the general public and to ensure the safety of all Australian citizens who are currently residing in Hong Kong. Please join us in safeguarding the human rights, justice and democracy by signing this petition to express and extend your support and stand with the Hong Kong citizens. Thanks a lot!By AussieHongkongers Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aussiehongkongers/
Divert Foreign Aid Budget to Bushfire Recovery for Rural Communities
Our rural communities need enormous help to recover after these devastating bushfires – so why are we spending billions of dollars giving aid overseas, especially to countries like Pakistan? Australia’s foreign aid budget for 2018-2019 is 4.2 BILLION dollars, which includes $258.5 Million to the Middle East and Africa and $49.8 million to Pakistan. Consider this : Pakistan has hundreds of terrorist camps across it's territory – yet they receive billions of dollars of foreign aid from countries around the world (including Australia), in the name of education, medical care and other so called ‘development’ activities …. Much of which is diverted into the hands of terrorists, or just squirreled away by corrupt politicians and bureaucrats. Charity starts at home. This is YOUR taxpayers’ money – don’t you think this money should go to help our farmers and rural businesses instead of going to corrupt politicians and terrorists overseas? We demand that for the next 12 months, ALL the $4.2 Billion dollars of foreign aid budget, and all the bureaucratic resources, are diverted to bushfire and drought recovery. This should include the implementation of the ‘Bradfield Scheme’ to guarantee water supplies to our country communities. When our farmers are back on their feet again, THEN we can start to donate to other countries deserving of assistance. Please support our petition and share to all your friends. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call on 07 5445 7994. Thanks, Jeffrey Hodges, Secretary, Motorists Party See www.no-tolls.org for more info
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.