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Petitioning The Government of Australia and 1 other

Stop Sending the Asylum Seekers to Papua New Guinea


In recent years a new wave of Middle Eastern asylum seekers have in ever greater numbers sought refuge in countries that accept refugees. This has in large part been the result of political and military instability, ongoing wars, external threats and economic sanctions making daily life intolerable for many of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. The United Nations has defined processes for assessment and settlement of refugees. Sadly however, people smuggling organizations have used this as an opportunity to advertise and lure these vulnerable people to take the most dangerous and illegal route to safety of Australia. The Australian government in the recent years has tried hard to make the condition of entry to Australia much less accessible via this route, but due to lack of real commitment from Indonesian government, the continuing advertisement of people smugglers, and lack of proper information in the source countries, these actions have remained fruitless.
The decision by the Australian Government to relocate the arriving or recently arrived refugees to Papua New Guinea has provoked questions of doubt about Australia’s good will, common sense, and commitment to its international obligations. This decision not only is unacceptable from a humanitarian point of view but also is a witness to the government’s lack of ability to provide a reasonable solution to this problem. Furthermore it shows Australia’s lack of responsibility for the fate of people who have suffered to get here for many reasons even though they may include an economic one. This action will never be a substitute for a proper and legal processing of refugees and may result in creating division between groups and ethnicities that have peacefully lived in Australia side by side for many years.
The undersigned, while condemning the inhuman actions of people smugglers and strongly opposing the decision of this group of refugees to come to Australia in this way, asks the Australian Government to reverse its decision and process the claims of people who have arrived in Australia thus far on Australian soil, and seek to find a fundamentally sound, long lasting and humane solution to deal with this longstanding issue.

در سال‌های گذشته موج جدیدی از پناهجویان از خاورمیانه راهی کشورهای پذیرنده‌ی پناهجو شده‌ است. این موج بی‌شک تحت تأثیر بی‌ثباتی سیاسی و نظامی منطقه، جنگ‌های جاری، تهدیدهای خارجی، و بعضاً تحریم‌های بین‌المللی اقتصادی است که مستقیماً قشر فرودست این جوامع را نشانه رفته و شرایط سخت ناشی از آن حتی تأمین زندگی روزمره را با خطراتی جدی روبه‌رو ساخته است. هرچند که سازمان ملل از فرایندی تعریف‌شده در ارزیابی و توزیع پناهندگان واجد شرایط و انتقال آنها به کشورهای مذکور بهره می برد، اما متأسفانه شاهد آن بوده‌ایم که شبکه‌های «قاچاقچیان انسان» از فرصت سوءاستفاده کرده و با بهره‌گیری از تبلیغات دروغین اقدام به جذب و راهی نموندن پناهجویان به سمت استرالیا از راه‌های بسیار ناامن و مسلماً غیرقانونی کرده‌اند. این مسئله جدا از جنبه‌های غیراخلاقی و غیرانسانی، همواره با «تلفات جانی» همراه بوده و هست. دولت استرالیا در طول سال‌های گذشته به طور پیگیر سعی بر سخت‌تر کردن شرایط و جلوگیری از ورود چنین مهاجرینی داشته، اما متأسفانه به علت عملکرد ضعیف دولت «اندونزی» به عنوان سوی دیگر این معادله، ادامه‌ی روند تبلیغاتی از سوی قاچاقچی‌ها، و نیز عدم اطلاع‌رسانی درست در کشورهای مبداء، این اقدامات ناکام مانده‌اند.

دولت استرالیا اما در اقدامی تحیربرانگیز، با «تصمیمی ضربتی» مبنی بر انتقال پناهجویانی که از راه دریا رسیده‌اند (یا خواهند رسید) به گینه‌ی نو، سؤالات بسیاری را در مورد وجود حسن نیت، منطق و بشردوستی این کشور در اذهان عمومی برانگیخته است. این تصمیم نه تنها از وجوه انسانی غیرقابل‌پذیرش است، بلکه گواه «ناتوانی دولت» در ارائه‌ی راهکاری منطقی و عدم مسئولیت‌پذیری‌اش نسبت به سرنوشت انسان‌هایی رنج کشیده است که به هر دلیلی (ولو اقتصادی) به استرالیا به عنوان کشوری که به «حقوق بشر» احترام می گذارد پناه آورده‌اند. این عکس‌العمل دولت هیچ‌گاه جایگزین مناسب و قابل‌قبولی برای برگرداندن شرایط مهاجرت و اخذ پناهندگی به روش قانونی آن نخواهد بود و ضمن رودررو قرار دادن نژادها و ملیت‌های مختلفی که در استرالیا به صورت مسالمت‌آمیز در کنار یکدیگر زندگی می‌کنند، تنها وجهه‌ی سیاسی این کشور را خدشه دار خواهد کرد.

امضاکنندگان این طومار ضمن اعلام مخالفت صریح خود با اقدام این دسته از پناهجویان، و نیز محکوم کردن بی‌قید و شرط عمل غیرانسانی قاچاقچیان، از دولت استرالیا درخواست دارند که هر چه زودتر از تصمیم خود بازگشته و ضمن بررسی پرونده‌ی افرادی که تا به این لحظه به خاک استرالیا رسیده‌اند، «راهکاری بنیادین و انسانی» را به منظور پیشگیری از شکل گرفتن چنین سفرهایی برگزیند.

Letter to
The Government of Australia
The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd
Stop Sending the Asylum Seekers to Papua New Guinea
In recent years a new wave of Middle Eastern asylum seekers have in ever greater numbers sought refuge in countries that accept refugees. This has in large part been the result of political and military instability, ongoing wars, external threats and economic sanctions making daily life intolerable for many of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups. The United Nations has defined processes for assessment and settlement of refugees. Sadly however, people smuggling organizations have used this as an opportunity to advertise and lure these vulnerable people to take the most dangerous and illegal route to safety of Australia. The Australian government in the recent years has tried hard to make the condition of entry to Australia much less accessible via this route, but due to lack of real commitment from Indonesian government, the continuing advertisement of people smugglers, and lack of proper information in the source countries, these actions have remained fruitless.
The decision by the Australian Government to relocate the arriving or recently arrived refugees to Papua New Guinea has provoked questions of doubt about Australia’s good will, common sense, and commitment to its international obligations. This decision not only is unacceptable from a humanitarian point of view but also is a witness to the government’s lack of ability to provide a reasonable solution to this problem. Furthermore it shows Australia’s lack of responsibility for the fate of people who have suffered to get here for many reasons even though they may include an economic one. This action will never be a substitute for a proper and legal processing of refugees and may result in creating division between groups and ethnicities that have peacefully lived in Australia side by side for many years.
The undersigned, while condemning the inhuman actions of people smugglers and strongly opposing the decision of this group of refugees to come to Australia in this way, asks the Australian Government to reverse its decision and process the claims of people who have arrived in Australia thus far on Australian soil, and seek to find a fundamentally sound, long lasting and humane solution to deal with this longstanding issue.