Friday, October 30, 2009
This year we will be encouraging people to campaign on two different campaigns:
-Stop domestic violence in PNG
- National Plan of action to eliminate violence against women
We have just received new materails for PNg such as placards, petitions, an activist toolkit and A5 flyers. Materials for the domestic campaign will be coming soon. Please let us know if you are planning on doing anything during '16 days' and you would like materials.
The workshop will help participants gain a greater understanding of the history of Indigenous Australians and what it is like to be an Indigenous Australian. It will be a valuable learning experience and we are encouraging everyone to attend.
When: Saturday October 31 2009 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Where: NSW Action Centre, Level 1, 79 Myrtle Street, Chippendale
Places are still available!!
The NEGM will include our traditional human rights conference components – such as workshops, plenary sessions with external speakers as well as our own, a public action and governance issues such as the passing of resolutions. Also, on the advice of the Youth Advisory Group in 2008, we are folding the Youth Summit into the NEGM. A key component of the NEGM will be looking at ways Amnesty International Australia can strengthen our democratic structures, processes and culture to better achieve our vision. To do this, the Board initiated the Strengthening Democracy Project which was conducted over the course of 2009.Details around how to get involved, registration, accommodation, scholarships and the agenda can be found at http://www.amnesty.org.au/about/negm/
When: 28th-29th November
Where: Sydney Action Centre; Level 1, 79 Myrtle St Chippendale
RSVP: online registration
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The recent situation of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has brought the refugee topic into the spotlight once more. Although boat arrivals make up less than four per cent of people who come to Australia seeking asylum, they never fail to create a political and media outburst.
Around 250 Sri Lankan refugees were making their way to Australia when they were intercepted outside Java and held in Indonesia. They have refused to leave the impounded boat, held a two-day hunger strike, and threatened suicide if they are not resettled.
Immigration Department figures have shown between 85 and 90 per cent of boat people are found to be genuine under the United Nations 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol. As a regional power, Australia needs to continue to take a leadership position to ensure that asylum seekers within our region are treated in line with international human rights obligations.
Australia is at risk of facing international shame if our Government were to be complicit in the human rights violations of asylum seekers in our region. We are sending a dangerous message that the rights of refugees come second to domestic political agendas.
Please take action and send a letter or email to Kevin Rudd; our government has an obligation to ensure all asylum seekers have access to assistance from the UNHCR, access to a fair and timely process for determining their status through the UNHCR, and freedom from arbitrary arrest or detention – all of which is now at risk while the Sri Lankan asylum seekers are forced to remain in Indonesia. For more information: http://www.amnesty.org.au/action/action/21941/
12.30pm Monday 2 November
Immigration Department, Lee St (Railway Square end of Central Tunnel), City
Sylvia Hale (NSW Greens MP)
Ian Rintoul (Refugee Action Coalition)
Called by Refugee Action Coalition
Contact Ian on 0417 275 713
“Refugees are not just numbers, they are people and deserve to be treated with humanity” –Mary Vernon
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Stand Up is the world’s largest mobilisation. It's a worldwide initiative seeking to end poverty, address its causes and achieve the Millennium Development Goals. In 2008, 117 million people worldwide joined together through Stand Up (a Guinness World Record!!), including over 207,000 Australians who participated in Stand Up events around the country.
We didn't have millions or thousands of people with us on Friday but our crowd of 32 were very proud and enthusiastic to be part of this global movement to End Poverty. Together we urged our leaders to act now to achieve and exceed the MDGs and to commit to the reinstatement of the Racial Discrimination Act to stop the discrimination existing in the Northern Territory. We hope we were joined by masses around the globe Standing Up and Speaking Out about injustices in the world.
Monday: Kotara Westfield; Muswellbrook - near CBA;
Tuesday: Kotara Westfield; Newcastle - Hunter Mall; Shopping Centre
Wednesday: Kotara Westfield; Nelson Bay;
Thursday: Kotara Westfield; Singleton;
Friday: Kotara Westfield; Newcastle - The Junction;
Saturday: Kotara Westfield; Newcastle - The Junction;
Friday, October 16, 2009
We are holding another talkback radio training session via telephone, this time for the refugee network. Activists are invited to call a telephone conference phone number to learn talkback tips and practice advocating Amnesty's messages on asylum seeker issues on air. Session will be with media trainer Richard Fitzgerald and AIA media and public affairs coordinator Caroline Shepherd.
When: Tuesday 27 October
Time: 7pm-8pm AEST/ 6:30pm-7:30pm SA/ 6pm-7pm QLD/ 4pm-5pm WA
RSVP Essential: Contact Caroline by Monday 26 October at email@example.com
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
When: Friday October 16 2009 12- 1:30 PM
Where: Victoria Park, City Road, Camperdown
Friday, October 9, 2009
National Human Rights Consultation Report
On the 8th of October 2009, the National Human Rights Consultation Committee recommended that the Australian Government introduce a Human Rights Act for Australia. This is in response to lengthy campaigns on the issue and thanks to the record number of Australians who took part in our country’s largest public consultation on human rights. Over 87% of the 35,000 individual submissions and the 6,000 public roundtable participants reported that they wanted to have their human rights enshrined in national legislation.
The Committee has recommended that the Government publish a federal Human Rights Act with a comprehensible list of Australian rights and responsibilities based on our obligations from the seven international human rights treaties we have signed. These include civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights. Amnesty remains concerned, however, that the Report draws a distinction between the treatment of economic, cultural and social rights and the treatment of civil and political rights. We believe that all human rights are indivisible, interdependent and should be treated equally.
Commendable recommendations were made in regards to education, where the Committee recognised the importance of education in improving and promoting Human Rights in Australia. Also the Committee recommended strengthening the specific protection of Aboriginal and Torres Islanders rights and recognised their right to have meaningful control over their affairs.
Continued campaigning will be necessary to ensure that the Australian government heeds the proposals of the Committee and implements a comprehensive Human Rights Act that protects all Australians and truly reflects our international obligations.
If you wanted to have a look at the 500 page report (or at least the summary and recommendations) here is where you will find it: http://www.humanrightsconsultation.gov.au/www/nhrcc/nhrcc.nsf/Page/Report_NationalHumanRightsConsultationReportDownloads
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Irene Khan is the first woman and first Asian Secretary General of Amnesty International. She has recieved several prestigious awards for her leadership in human rights and her to work to end violence against women, including the Sydney Peace Prize 2006.
On 16th November she is heading to Sydney to launch her book The Unheard Truth: Poverty and Human Rights
Keep checking the blog for more information about this exciting upcoming event.
Just I reminder that the NSW Action Group Catch-Up is tomorrow, it's not too late to RSVP!
When: Wednesday October 07 2009 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: NSW Action Centre, Level 1, 79 Myrtle St, Chippendale, NSW
The Catch-Up is an opportunity to:
* Meet and engage with other NSW groups, convenors and members of the AI Community Campaigns team
* Receive an update from us about new campaigns and resources; as well as news about what is happening here at AI Action Centre and within the Community Campaigns team and,
* Provide us with valuable feedback about your experiences and concerns.
Dinner will be provided
Monday: WOLLONGONG CENTRAL SC; VILLAGE CENTRE - BATEMANS BAY; KIAMA; WOLLONGONG; BATEMANS BAY
Tuesday: WOLLONGONG CENTRAL SC; VILLAGE CENTRE - BATEMANS BAY; KIAMA; WOLLONGONG; BATEMANS BAY
Wednesday: WOLLONGONG CENTRAL SC; VILLAGE CENTRE - BATEMANS BAY; KIAMA; WOLLONGONG; BATEMANS BAY
Thursday: WOLLONGONG CENTRAL SC; VILLAGE CENTRE - BATEMANS BAY; KIAMA; WOLLONGONG; BATEMANS BAY
Friday: WOLLONGONG CENTRAL SC; VILLAGE CENTRE - BATEMANS BAY; KIAMA; WOLLONGONG; BATEMANS BAY
Saturday: WOLLONGONG CENTRAL SC; VILLAGE CENTRE - BATEMANS BAY; KIAMA; WOLLONGONG; BATEMANS BAY
Thursday, October 1, 2009
This year, an Amnesty International Australia (AIA) National Extraordinary General Meeting (NEGM) will be held from the 27th to the 29th of November in Sydney. The Board has decided to offer up to eight scholarships to attend the meeting.
1. Amnesty International Members Scholarships
*Up to six scholarships are available to fund AIA members to attend NEGM (this year including the Youth Summit) as observers and to participate in all the workshops and plenary sessions.
*The scholarships will cover the cost of return flights to Sydney, two nights accommodation at the NEGM venue (or three nights if required for travel purposes) and all food during the NEGM.
*The NEGM Scholarships are intended to provide a means for AIA members who are not able to attend Branch AGM’s or who are otherwise unable to participate in the election of NEGM delegates and observers to attend NEGM. It will also enhance the diversity of activist experience present at NEGM and assist in ensuring that the training and development provided at NEGM reaches a greater audience.
*It is expected that the successful applicants will be selected from diverse regions. Activists from regional/ rural areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
· Member of AIA, available and committed to attending all of the NEGM (Friday 27 November to Sunday 29 November in Sydney);
· Presently an active participant in a branch/ region/ group or network, or in some other capacity;
· Commitment to remaining involved in AIA;
· Desire to improve activist skills;
· Willingness and ability to take back what is learnt to your region and to share it with other activists;
· Interest in learning more about the campaigns and AIA, including the governance aspects;
· Willingness to contribute to AIA’s organisation and development; and
· Keen to gain a better understanding of how AIA contributes to and participates in the global movement.
2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Youth Scholarships
*Two scholarships are available to fund Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth (aged between 18 to 30) to attend the NEGM (this year including the Youth Summit) as observers and to participate in all the workshops and plenary sessions.
*The scholarships will cover the cost of return flights to Sydney, two nights accommodation (or three nights if required for travel purposes) and all food during the NEGM.
*These Scholarships are intended to provide a means for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths to participate in the meetings and to share their experiences with AIA members. We also hope that the scholarship recipients will be able to enhance their skills and to share what they learn with their communities.
*It is expected that the successful applicants will be selected from diverse regions. People from regional/ rural areas are particularly encouraged to apply.
· Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander;
· Interested in basic human rights;
· Able to work with others to achieve change;
· Must be willing to share your knowledge and experience with others;
· Ability to be a good Ambassador for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people;
· Commitment to take knowledge back and share with your community;
· Interested in gaining a better understanding of AIA;
· Available and committed to attending all of the NEGM (Friday 27 November to Sunday 29 November in Sydney).
· Must be aged between 18 to 30 years of age.
· Written applications to be submitted to the Selection Committee via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 October 2009 (two pages maximum).
· Applications will only be considered if they address the selection criteria.
· Two referees are required. For the AIA members’ scholarships, one referee must be someone who is involved in AIA.
4. More information
If you have any questions, please contact your Branch President or Jim Sharp (Board Vice President) at email@example.com
Monday: LEETON - GRIFFITH - GRIFFITH CENTRAL
Tuesday: LEETON - GRIFFITH - GRIFFITH CENTRAL
Wednesday: LEETON - GRIFFITH - GRIFFITH CENTRAL
Thursday: LEETON - GRIFFITH - GRIFFITH CENTRAL
Friday: LEETON - GRIFFITH - GRIFFITH CENTRAL
Saturday: LEETON - GRIFFITH - GRIFFITH CENTRAL
Sunday: - - -