Stop treating Australians as criminals trying to enter their own country from India

Stop treating Australians as criminals trying to enter their own country from India

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Darshan Trivedi started this petition to Scott Morrison (Federal Member for Cook) and

Why Indian Australians are treated differently? During the peak of pandemic in 2020 Australian government never went to the length at treating their own citizens as criminals trying to enter their own country especially from UK, Italy or USA the worst hit Covid-19 countries but now treating Indian Australians as criminals if they want to enter their own country. Where could they go? We always thought that Australian government will be our side during these types of circumstances and will help their citizens regardless of the colour of their skin. Seems it was a big illusion. Basically, you keep paying highest amount of tax but you are still not considered citizens of the country in real terms.

C'mon Scomo, we never thought you would do this to us. Urging to lift the criminal treatment ASAP and help stranded Aussie citizens in India.-

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See an excerpt from a BBC.com article.

Australian citizens returning home from India could face up to five years in jail and fines after the government made the journey temporarily illegal.

The health ministry said the ruling had been made "based on the proportion of people in quarantine who have acquired a Covid-19 infection in India".

Earlier this week, Australia banned all flights from India.

There are an estimated 9,000 Australians in India, 600 of whom are classed as vulnerable.

This will be the first time Australians have been criminalised for returning to their country, Australian media report.

From Monday, anyone who has been in India within 14 days of their intended arrival date in Australia will be banned from entering the country.

Failing to comply with the new ruling could result in a five-year jail sentence, an A$66,000 (£37,000) fine, or both. The decision will be reviewed on 15 May, the health ministry said.

There's an inscription inside the front jacket of every Australian passport. It calls for protection and assistance for citizens when they're in strife abroad.

"The Commonwealth of Australia… requests all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer, an Australian citizen, to pass freely without let or hindrance and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need."

Who would have thought that Australians are now struggling to "pass freely" back into their own country? Re-entering and living in your nation is a basic aspect of citizenship. A right of return is recognised in international law, enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

 

 

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