Emergency Action Against Deportation to Place of Further Persecution

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11am – 1pm Friday 18th of October Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Cnr Lonsdale & Spring Sts.

Six West Papuan’s who sought asylum in Australia have now been banished to the remote border East Awin refugee camp in PNG, in a cynical, cruel, inhumane and illegal move by the Australian Government to cover up persecution faced by West Papuans in Indonesia.
The Freedom Flotilla to West Papua, along with the West Papuan Melbourne Community and the Refugee Action Collective will demonstrate to demand the Australian Government respect its obligations under the Refugee Convention to process their claims for asylum.
The demonstration will also commemorate the 12th Anniversary of the Siev X tragedy on the 19th of October 2013 in which 353 people died seeking refuge in Australia.
An demonstration for refugees will also be held in Perth on Friday and in Sydney on Saturday.
This demonstration is on Aboriginal land.
Following the demonstration join the Welcome home party for the Freedom Flotilla at 8pm in Ovens St Brunswick.
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Anchored but not Over- Freedom Flotilla Welcome Home Event

UPDATE: Combat Wombat joins the line up on their return from world tour.

A much needed fundraising event for the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua, if you can’t make it please consider donating here

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Emergency Protest against Illegal Deportation to Place of Further Persecution

The West Papuan refugee community and supporters of refugee rights will protest at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on the Corner of Lonsdale and Spring streets tomorrow from 8am till 5pm. The group will notify the department of their illegal actions in deporting seven West Papuan asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea, where they have well grounded fears of continued persecution.

The group of asylum seekers fled Merauke after being hunted by Indonesian security forces for their participation in a ceremonial handover of sacred water and ashes from Indigenous Australian elders as part of the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua. They then fled to Australia where they claimed asylum. The group was refused legal representation before being informed while already onboard an aircraft that they would be deported to Port Moresby, where they are now detained by PNG immigration.

The group fears for their safety in PNG, based on discrimination and persecution suffered by West Papuan refugees at the hands of PNG authorities.

PNG is a signatory to the Refugee Convention, however with significant reservations, including the rights of refugees to hold paid employment, have access to health care or education or travel freely. West Papuan refugees, many of whom have been living in PNG since the early 1980’s, have not been granted citizenship rights. Many live in squalid conditions without access to land or employment.

PNG military and police have carried out attacks on West Papuan refugee communities in PNG. In 2011 during Special Operation Sunset Merona refugee houses and gardens were burnt by the military. Witness to the aftermath of the tragedy, independent documentary filmmaker David Fedele reported, “They came at night, and burnt down all of their houses and possessions, and destroyed their gardens.”

Child in the ruins of burnt Refugee village. Photo by David Fedele

Child in the ruins of burnt Refugee village, the aftermath of Operation Sunset Merona. Photo by David Fedele

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Creative Resistance for Rights of Refugees and West Papuans

Vote4Boats With the election looming and the Freedom Flotilla in the in the Torres Strait making final preparations for the crossing into West Papua, Refugee and West Papuan communities and supporters are gathering on Saturday at 1pm St Marks Church 250 George St Fitzroy to join together in an act of creative resistance.

If you caste your vote in this election to uphold the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, and oppose the major parties complicity with human rights abuses in West Papua through their funding of the Indonesian Military, join the community to Vote 4 Boats! If you can’t make it on Saturday in Fitzroy, demonstrate your support by folding your boat and send the photos to the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua via this website, facebook, or twitter!

Melbourne rally in support of Freedom Flotilla August 27

Calling out to all supporters of the Free West Papua movement to join in a peaceful rally in support of the Freedom Flotilla. In solidarity with peaceful actions happening across West Papua on the same day.

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SPEAKERS: Shirley Shackleton (Lusitania Express to East Timor in 1992); Natalie Pa’apa’a (Freedom Flotilla to West Papua in 2013); Piter Elaby (West Papua)

A gathering outside the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne on Tuesday 27 August 2013 is voicing fears for the safety of a truth-seeking Freedom Flotilla from Lake Eyre (in South Australia) to Merauke (in West Papua) as it approaches the border between Australia and New Guinea.

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Community Gathering in Melbourne as the Flotilla embarks from Cairns

Sending off our community members on the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua as they embark on their voyage from Cairns, with singing, traditional dance, food, film and music.

Gather with the Melbourne community on the day of the launch to find out more about West Papua and send a message of support with the Flotilla.

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Key Note Speaker: Rev. Peter Woods

Ex Missionary West Papua – Long time worker for West Papuan self determination

Warm welcome – come along and enjoy West Papuan Culture – Find out more- Support West Papuan political prisoners.

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West Papua Solidarity Event: Doncaster Christian Fellowship

Come to the Doncaster Christian Fellowship for a time of fellowship as they send off three of their members to be part of this journey. You are invited to come and hear something of their stories and the journey that they will be undertaking. This will also be an opportunity to connect with some of the West Papuan community in Melbourne, and share in a meal.

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Sunday 14th July

10am to 11:30am – Doncaster Christian Fellowship Sunday Service

12:30 to 2:30pm – West Papuan solidarity meal

Please bring a plate of food to share.

Doncaster Christian Fellowship, cnr Doncaster and Blackburn Rds, Doncaster East