Buddies Refugee Support Group
The text on the sign says: Some were killed by gas chambers. Some are killed by detention. That is called Holocaust. This is called offshore processing.

ABC News, 29 May

26 people have self-harmed since the election, according to refugees and advocates who say the situation is now “out of control”. Refugees believe they face another three years in offshore detention under the Coalition with the local hospital on Manus Island struggling to cope with the influx of cases.
     Advocate Ian Rintoul, who is in regular contact with refugees being held in offshore detention, told the ABC he had received reports of up to 23 incidents on Manus, including at least six in the past 24 hours.
      “The situation was already deteriorating prior to the election, but subsequent to the election it is now out of control,” he said. “It’s clear that the crisis situation is only going to spiral further. Refugees have completely lost hope.”
     There are more than 500 men currently living on Manus Island, most of whom have been deemed refugees.... more
Sunday 2 June, 5pm
Communify community dinner, Bardon
Friday 7 June, 5pm
LUMINOUS Lantern Parade, Southbank Parklands, Brisbane
Saturday 15–Saturday 22 June
Refugee Week Sunshine Coast Community Film Festival
Monday 17 June, 6pm
Buddies film night: Constance on the Edge, Buderim
Saturday 22 June, 6pm
Film night finale: The Staging Post, USC
Sunday 23 June, 11am
Buddies meeting, USC. 11am: Members' business – agenda items to Scott Grimmett 0427 364 802. 11.45am: Guest speaker. 12.30pm: Refreshments.
From now on our monthly meetings will be held at University of the Sunshine Coast (USC), BUILDING E, ROOM 14. Free parking on weekends. 

Communify's Asylum Circle Kurdish and Persian community dinner

5pm, 172 Jubilee Terrace, Bardon
Communify Asylum Circle provides transitional supported accommodation to 18 men, originally from the Congo, Cameroon, Iran, Sri Lanka and Iraq, who are on bridging visas with no access to Centrelink payments. 
RSVP: Mandy Cox, 0421 662 566. View the poster.

LUMINOUS Lantern Parade

5pm, South Bank Parklands, Brisbane
The 12th annual LUMINOUS Lantern Parade celebrates Queensland Week by highlighting the strength of our cultural diversity, our heritage and our people, giving us all the opportunity to say “Welcome!” to our newest Australians. This free event unites government, community leaders, multicultural communities and all Queenslanders… more

A world of stories

Saturday 15 June: Border Politics – Maleny
Monday 17 June: Constance on the Edge – Buderim
Tuesday 18 June: The Merger – Caloundra. Tickets $12.
Wednesday 19 June: Mary meets Mohammad – Noosa
Thursday 20 June: Border Politics – Eumundi
Thursday 20 June: The Merger – Sippy Downs
Friday 21 June: Constance on the Edge – Nambour
Saturday 22 June: The Staging Post – Sippy Downs

Buddies film night: Constance on the edge (as part of Refugee Week)

6pm, St Marks Church, Buderim
An unflinchingly honest portrayal of one refugee family’s resettlement story in Australia. Guest speaker: Elijah Buol (Australian of the Year, Qld Local Hero), advocate for refugees & young people. Light supper provided, donations welcome on the night to meet our costs. View the poster. Book here.

Finale: The Staging Post free screening

6pm, University of the Sunshine Coast
The film follows two Afghan Hazara refugees in Indonesia, who started a school and inspired a refugee education revolution. Film director Jolyon Hoff and Refugee Week Ambassador Muzafar Ali will lead a discussion and Q&A session after the film.
More information and bookings

Australia cannot ignore the human crisis in Manus and Nauru. The situation is getting worse day by day, it is a crime against humanity and violation of human rights.

– Behrouz Boochani, writer and Manus detainee, on Twitter

PETITION: Please let our 3-year-old son stay in Australia!

To Peter Dutton MP and 3 others: Our son Darragh was born in Australia in August 2015. Soon after he was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Our family’s application for permanent residency was then refused by Home Affairs because they assessed him as having a condition which make him a burden on the Australian community… SIGN

PHONE CALL/EMAIL: re onshore detention

Rural Australians for Refugees, 27 May

There are still five children in detention in MITA and 287 in community detention. The two children from Biloela and their family are at immediate risk of being deported to Sri Lanka. Please email David Coleman, Minister for Immigration, or phone 02 9771 3400, urgently to ask him to reconsider the family's case with compassion.

FACTSHEET: Turning back boats

The Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, University of New South Wales

This factsheet describes the policy of ‘turning back boats’ under both Operation Relex and Operation Sovereign Borders. It discusses their operational challenges, what happens when boats are turned back, examines whether these policies are consistent with international law and whether other countries turn back boats… more

It’s time to end the torture of offshore detention. If only Scomo could rediscover the basics of Christian teaching.

– Julian Burnside, barrister and refugee advocate, on Twitter


Daniel Webb: A system designed to return asylum seekers

Daniel Webb has led the Human Rights Law Centre’s advocacy, fighting endlessly in the courts, heading the Centre’s advocacy at the UN Human Rights Council and winning international accolades. He discusses how the system is designed to return asylum seekers home through inhumane treatment... WATCH THE VIDEO 

Dutton’s department regains control of refugee settlement services

The Guardian, 29 May

Peter Dutton and the home affairs department have regained responsibility for refugee settlement services and migrant adult education. Refugee support groups have criticised the move, citing the home affairs department’s border security focus, but the former immigration department deputy director Abul Rizvi has argued it is better placed to manage settlement services. The functions are currently performed by the social services and education departments, after they were moved by the Abbott government out of the immigration portfolio... more

Sri Lankans en route to Australia sent back after boat intercepted

SBS News, 30 May

Border Force has confirmed a boat carrying 20 Sri Lankan asylum seekers headed for northwest Australia was intercepted last week. The asylum seekers have been flown back to their home country after their boat was intercepted en route to Australia. A spokesperson confirmed the vessel, which was carrying at least one baby, was spotted last week in the Indian Ocean heading for the northwest coast. “Twenty potential illegal immigrants have been returned to Sri Lanka following a failed attempt at a dangerous and illegal maritime people smuggling venture,” the ABF spokesperson said... more

Asylum seeker family finds valuable jewellery inside socks

ABC News, 29 may

A woman who thought she had lost a number of valuable family rings has re-discovered them thanks to the kindness of a family of asylum seekers. The woman had donated some socks — forgetting her priceless heirlooms were hidden inside — to a clothing drive for refugees and asylum seekers in Canberra, organised by a volunteer organisation to support those on limited means in the refugee community. Iraqi asylum seeker Inas Alkhazraji had picked up some brand new socks for her husband, Sameer. But he noticed something rather odd about the package... more

The Sydney tradie who is making a point of hiring refugees

SBS News, 25 May

Hedayat Osyan came to Australia from Afghanistan in 2010. Having experienced his own struggles finding work after fleeing persecution, he set up a social enterprise which employs and trains refugees who may have limited experience and little English. Now Hedayat plans to expand to Melbourne and Brisbane. His “main goal” is “to help [refugees] become independent and empower them”. Prejudices surrounding refugees as 'lazy' and unemployed ignorantly fail to “understand what we have been through or that we have no choice but to come here”, he said... more

Ali Dorani: Iranian cartoonist on the drawings that saved his life

BBC News, 26 May

Cartoonist Ali Dorani fled Iran at the age of 21 before becoming trapped in Australia’s controversial Manus Island detention camp for four years – but things changed after his artwork was posted online. Here’s his story – in his own words and drawings. “In 2013, I left Iran. I can’t tell you why because it might affect my family’s safety, but I knew my life was in danger. I stayed in Indonesia for 40 days, and tried to get to Australia – I knew Australia was the best way for me to get to safety. A people smuggler told me he could get us to Australia by boat"... more

Manus: Surge in suicide attempts illustrates crisis of Australian policy

Amnesty International UK, 24 May

Refugee advocates have demanded the immediate evacuation of Manus Island refugees to Australia. Responding to reports that several men sent to Manus Island by Australia have attempted suicide or self-harm in the past week, Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Refugee Researcher said: “These alarming reports are the latest indication that life for refugees on Manus Island is unbearable. There could not be a more urgent incentive for the Australian government to remove these people to safety immediately... more

Asylum seekers in crisis

The Saturday Paper, 25 May

Electricity and gas have been cut off to the Melbourne home of Kurdish widower Sadoullah Malakooti and his three daughters, as the family faces destitution after cuts to government support for asylum seekers. Daughter Raha was just a baby when the boat she was travelling on capsized on its way to Australia. Her mother was never found, but the sea spat Raha out. Australian rescuers spotted her face down in the water and scooped her out. On a rigid inflatable boat they resuscitated her, but she stopped breathing twice more. Some 30 people died that day... more
Thank you to Gillian Duffy, Penny Rivlin, Lesley Willcoxson and Diana Woolley for their contributions to this edition.
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The Buddies Refugee Support Group is a Sunshine Coast group which advocates for just and compassionate treatment of refugees, consistent with the human rights standards which Australia has developed and endorsed.
   We support policies towards refugees and asylum seekers that reflect respect, decency and traditional Australian generosity to those in need, while advancing Australia’s international standing and national interests.
   We are an independent community group and meet on the 4th Sunday of each month at 11am, 24 King Street Buderim.
Confidentiality  Your email address is completely confidential.
To contribute to Buddies   Buddies’ fundraising contributes to refugee and asylum seeker support. You can direct debit to:
Suncorp Bank, BSB 484-799     
Account No: 123508960    
Account name: Buddies Refugee Support Group Ltd 
Or you can contribute to ‘The Box’ at our meetings and events. Your donations are much appreciated by those we help.

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