Letter to President of ICRC

Unfortunately, Australian political system, whilst democratic in all aspects, had failed to respect the human rights of these asylum-seekers. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that both major parties, the LNP Government and Labour Opposition, are no-longer able to make rational decisions for the future of these asylum-seekers. Some of our politicians may also have been compromised. The state of affairs for the refugees at OPCs are untenable. I would therefore request your organization to urgently intervene in this evolving humanitarian crisis. In sum:

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Urgency on Offshore Situation

Urgency on Offshore Situation: Friends, recent events on Manus Island stand-off have demonstrated the government's lack of political will to solve the offshore refugee issues. The government's decision last week to suspend the sittings of House of Representative has been another point in this case. We know that the Senate had instructed -- thanks to the Greens -- the government to implement certain NZ resettlement transfers for some refugees. The government suspending the House of Representatives may have thwarted the possibility for a similar motion to be passed by Australian Parliament.

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Australia at ICC

Australia, therefore, has the treaty obligation to correct the infractions of the laws of enslavement of person(s). This alleged case in consideration has been that the Australian nationals are perpetrating the crime of enslavement in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. Understandably, the local law enforcements such as Australian Federal Police or Australian Courts may not be able to directly take immediate actions on such offshore crimes. ......

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Virtual Communities - All about Respect

Recently, I was admitted to hospital -- no-thanks to unusually strong Aussie flu. The complications developed due to the lack of salts in my body during a course of ordinary flu tablets. These salts, doctors explained, were knocked out by regular high-blood pressure medication which I had been taking for 5 years! With diarrhoea and some vomiting, the doctors at Ryde Hospital immediately administering sodium & potassium solutions with IV fluids. After discharge from hospital, my personal GP told me that the case, indeed, is quite a serious one.

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End Offshore Slavery

Friends, we have been running the #EvacuateNow campaign in a while. For my part, I had written in February 2017 to my local Federal MP, the Hon. John Alexander, Senator for NSW Marise Payne, both of them from LNP [#1]. In addition, I had communicated to Andrew Wilkie MP (Independent, Tasmania) and Adam Brandt MP (Greens, Melbourne), asking the motion to be set at Australian House of Representative to evacuate asylum-seekers held offshore detention centres (Haven't seen anything being done on that front).

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Analysing Trump-Turnbull Phone X-change

This certainly has been a sad week as one of our refugees on Manus Island, Hamed Shamshiripour was found dead. But my friends, we must keep marching on with recent transcript of Trump-Turnbull phone conversation. There has been various Australian NGOs commenting on about it, which you could find in the following link [#01]. The most pointing comments came from the NGO workers of the Human Rights Law Centre and the GetUP!

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Enslavement in Manus Island and Nauru

Summary of Allegations

1. The Commonwealth Government of Australia has perpetrated the crime against humanity of enslavement of asylum-seekers. A total of 2,200 asylum-seekers, who are of entirely civilian characters have been confined in Manus Island of Papua New Guinea and in Republic of Nauru for four years. The detention companies Broadspectrum and Ferrovial have co-perpetrated in the crime of enslavement. The governments of Papua New Guinea and Republic of Nauru also have co-perpetrated in this crime.

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Who gonna park on that spot ?

My activist friends, lately there have been a fair bit of talks within our forums about current state of refugee rights movement. Some express concerns about the lack of unity, direction or even, leadership. Some complaints the movement has been lacking the participation from those who have 'real refugee' experiences (see [#1]).

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Trade Your Vote for Refugees

Friends, regarding with the evacuation of offshore asylum-seekers, the responses from two major parties, i.e. LNP and Labour, are of the same: to do NOTHING! We in the general public know that our cause is just and this particular request is entirely do-able. For the moment, we shouldn't waste our time analysing or be bothered about why the LNP Government and Labour Opposition have not been making bipartisan motion to evacuate these offshore asylum-seekers.

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