The end of this extraordinary year is fast approaching. Our Commission office will close this week and re-open on 27 January. The Commission Chair, Ms Maree Rose, wishes to thank all of our subscribers for your interest in and commitment to social justice and peace. We want to thank our Administrative Support Officer, Ms Percy Pamo Lawrence for her wonderful support of the Commission over the last 7 years. We will miss her gifts and her commitment to justice greatly.
We wish you all a peaceful and joyful Christmas and hope that you will join us in working for justice and peace in 2021.
Just a few important things before we go:
Cherbourg Ration Shed Museum
We encourage your parish, school, agency or group to consider arranging a guided tour of the Ration Shed Museum in the Aboriginal community of Cherbourg, 3 hours north of Brisbane. It’s an excellent way to find out the truth about Queensland’s past and to support an initiative controlled and run by Aboriginal people. To find out more, check out their website: www.rationshed.com.au/
Time for a Home
This is a new campaign supporting the release of all those refugees and people seeking asylum who are detained in offshore processing centres and in on-shore facilities like the BITA at Pinkenba and the Kangaroo Point Hotel. Find out more and get involved at: https://action.asrc.org.au/time-for-a-home
Support for West Papua
On 17 November, a friend of the Commission, Wensi Fatubun, was arrested by Indonesian police, along with dozens of others, in the city of Merauke in West Papua. They were attending a meeting to evaluate a program called Special Autonomy. Wensi was interrogated for about 12 hours and his phone and laptop were confiscated and inspected. He was treated like a criminal for doing what we in Australia take for granted. This abuse of fundamental civil and political rights like freedom of expression and assembly happen regularly in West Papua. Our friends in the Catholic and Protestant churches have been active in publicly expressing their concerns about what authorities have been doing in West Papua. Sadly, a number of Catholic and Protestant pastors and church workers have been killed by Indonesian soldiers over the course of 2020. To find out more, please check out the links on the site of the International Coalition for Papua (ICP). The Commission works with other organisations in the ICP and has co-sponsored a number of ICP submissions to UN Special Rapporteurs during the current year. Go to: