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Iranian & Kurdish -  People Just Like Us Refugee Talk IV

When:

Wed 21 Oct 2015, 6:30pm–9:00pm

Where: Parramatta Council Chambers, 2 Civic Place, Parramatta, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

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Listed by: Joyce Fu

Asylum seekers and refugees are people just like us. They should not be punished for fleeing danger and seeking our help. Seeking asylum is not a crime. However, in Australia, asylum seekers and refugees have long been dehumanised by our government and the mainstream media. They have been called illegals, queue jumpers, and security threats, in order to justify the cruel and inhumane treatment meted to them. Billions of dollars have been spent on "stop the boats", "mandatory detention", "offshore detention", and the "Cambodia deal" in order to tackle what is perceived as a "refugee problem".

In order to change this negative perception of asylum seekers and refugees, as well as the inhumane policies, "People Just Like Us", partnering with Refugee Council of Australia, will hold a series of talks in which we invite refugees/former refugees to share their life stories. We will also have refugee community groups to talk about their history and location specific issues, and refugee service providers to talk about their work.

Speakers:
- Iranian refugees, Majid Rabet and Amir Javan, and Kurdish refugees (TBA)
- Refugee Art Project and NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation for Torture and Trauma - Survivors (STARTTS) will contribute to the current asylum seeker policy debate, as well as talk about how its organisation help asylum seekers and refugees.

The project serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for asylum seekers and refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy they bring to this country.

Please join us to hear the personal journeys of local refugee community members. Light refreshments will be provided after the talk. This is an opportunity to keep the discussion going with the panellists and other audience members.

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