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  • An overarching goal of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s (ASRC) Immunisation Project is that people seeking asylum are immunised in line with national Australian standards. As the only project of its kind in Australia the project has been groundbreaking in the provision of health services and immunisation to vulnerable people without access to Medicare. Beginning The post Building a healthy soci...

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  • The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is delighted to welcome Carolyn Graydon to lead our Human Rights Law Program. Carolyn comes to the ASRC with an outstanding record as a human rights lawyer in Australia and international contexts over the past 21 years. In Australia, she has worked with Refugee Legal (RILC at the time) The post Carolyn Graydon to lead our Human Rights Law Program appeared f...

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  • At a time when the Australian government is receiving international condemnation for their ongoing violation of human rights of people seeking asylum, a beacon of hope and solidarity has emerged from the Australian public as thousands speak out in support of the ASRC’s recent Human Rights Day campaign. While we continue to fiercely advocate and The post Over 16,770 people sign open letter in show ...

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  • Speaking of the Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Coordinator Veronica Kurufher says, ‘It’s all about building women’s skills and capacities, and empowering them while they are here seeking asylum so that no time is a wasted time.’ A pioneer member and former volunteer with the program, Veronica herself has The post No time is wasted time for the Women’...

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  • “Lead with love, lead with your values and people will follow.” It was insights such as this that ASRC Founder and CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis shared with an group of 17 staff from The Body Shop Australia last week in celebration of a partnership with the ASRC that was based on values, and making a difference The post The Body Shop Australia brings Christmas cheer to people seeking asylum appeared f...

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  • Aziz is one of about 600 men on Manus Island. One of those men who are desperate to leave but determined to stay, all at the same time. He is from Sudan, and has been on Manus for the past five years. Often, he and the other men were supported by the ASRC, and wondered The post ASRC visit to Manus provides hope in hell appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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  • “Last night at around 3am some drunk men wanted to come into West Haus prison camp. Finally one of them who was holding a machete came close and threatened the refugees, saying “you are dead meat,” “we will kill you.” This incident happened after two different incidents yesterday. At 5pm some drunk men wanted to The post Behrouz Boochani on Manus security failure appeared first on Asylum Seeker Re...

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  • Peter Dutton MP has rejected the Australian Medical Association’s (AMA) request to independently assess and have oversight of health care and treatment of men detained on Manus Island. The ASRC has long highlighted that people detained on Manus and Nauru are not receiving urgent medical treatment for complex physical and mental conditions, including torture and The post Minister Dutton escapes scr...

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Bonegilla Dreaming

  • My name is George. I am 90 years old and I have lived in Australia for 65 years. I arrived by boat on Anzac Day in 1951 and was taken to the Bonegilla Migrant Camp for processing. It was very different to the detention camps we have these days. Bonegilla was in a beautiful Australian The post Bonegilla Dreaming appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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  • The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) launched an appeal this week with a campaign inviting Australians to sign and share an open letter of hope to be delivered to people seeking asylum detained this Christmas. The campaign calls for an end all indefinite mandatory detention of people seeking asylum and refugees while reminding them that The post Hundreds add their voice to an open letter calli...

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  • The ASRC is deeply disturbed at the violent forced removal of men inside Manus RPC this morning by PNG police and Australian Federal Police. The violent forced removal of peaceful refugees demonstrates that refugees and people seeking asylum are unsafe and at grave risk of harm in PNG and must be evacuated now to Australia The post ASRC, Behrouz Boochani statement on violent forced removal at Manu...

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  • As the holiday season approaches many Australians turn their thoughts to family gatherings, coastal trips, or an escape to the air-conditioned comfort of a cinema screening. Often at the centre of this activity are our children. Even the more jaded among us get a kick out of the excitement and anticipation on the faces of The post The kids are not all right appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource...

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  • The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s (ASRC) advocacy team spent time inside the Manus Regional Processing Centre (RPC) this week where 421 men remain, some of whom are clients being case managed in our detention advocacy program. There are now over 150 seriously ill men, many with chronic conditions, whom the other men in the centre The post ASRC witnesses first hand rapid deterioration in Manus me...

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  • It’s day 3 on Manus Island and 606 men stand barricaded and fearful for their lives. On 31 October our government abandoned the detention centre and cut off water, food, security, power and medication. But the men are stranded because the three sites our government has offered are unfinished and unsafe. There are frequent attacks The post 606 men on Manus at breaking point appeared first on Asylum...

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  • My name is Khan. I have been on Nauru for 4 years. Did you see the news this week? Journalists have exposed the cases of myself and my brothers and sisters detained on Nauru who are sick and can’t get the medical care we need. I have a complex condition that causes me to lose The post Nauru detainee Khan calls for medical evacuation to Australia appeared first on Asylum Seeker Resource Centre.

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  • It was a perfect, crisp Sunday morning, with the sun beaming down on the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 15 October as the Run 4 Refugees team gathered together with 32, 000 other people, ready to take part in the Melbourne Marathon. Now in it’s 10th year, Run 4 Refugees originally started as a run for The post A great day out and $230,000 raised for Run 4 Refugees appeared first on Asylum Seeker Reso...

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  • Founder and CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC), Kon Karapanagiotidis delivered the opening key note address to this year’s Australian Council Of Social Services (ACOSS) National Conference: ‘Australia in 2030: creating the future we want’, held 24-25 October in Melbourne. ACOSS is the peak body for community service organisations in Australia and a The post Kon Karapanagiotidis delive...

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  •   The Turnbull government has forced vulnerable people seeking asylum in Australia into poverty by denying many the right to work, barred people from studying and then put them at risk of homelessness by cutting income support and access to health care. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has now issued a notice to The post People applying for asylum in Australia have lost the free...

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  • For many of us a change of scenery is sometimes all it takes to boost our spirits and forget about our stresses, but for people seeking asylum, simply getting away for short break can be difficult if not impossible. An opportunity to explore the Victorian coastline has offered a rare chance for connection and community The post Getaway offers Dandenong people seeking asylum the chance to connect a...

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  • On Sunday 15 October 2017 the ASRC community will come together to Run 4 Refugees alongside thousands of others in the Melbourne Marathon. For many members of the ASRC currently seeking asylum, the motivation to join Run 4 Refugees goes far beyond enjoying a fun day out. For those who often have no money to The post Team of people seeking asylum join together to Run 4 Refugees appeared first on As...

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