Thursday, 16 May 2019
Friday, 19 April 2019
Finding Solutions & Supports for Rohingya and their situation in Burma, transit countries and in Australia by;
- John Littleton (Asia regional manager at Children on the Edge in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh since 2009), and
- Habib from ABRO.
1. Kon Karapanagiotidis (CEO & founder of ASRC),
2. Katie Robertson (director of Legal Advocacy at Human Rights Law Centre),
3. Frances Rush (award winner of- an Order of Australia Medal),
4. David Manne (executive director of Refugee and Legal- RILC),
5. Paul Power ( executive director of Refugee Council- RCOA),
Sunday, 17 March 2019
2) Chris Sidoti is an Australian human rights lawyer and Australia’s former human rights commissioner. He was one of three experts on the UN’s Fact-finding mission on Myanmar, documented in the September 2018 Report of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The report found patterns of gross human rights violations and abuses that ‘undoubtedly amount to the gravest crimes under international law’, carried out principally by Myanmar’s military (Tatmadaw).
3) Habib is founder and spokesperson for the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation (ABRO) based in Melbourne and co-author of First They Erased Our Name published in August 2018. Habib is an ex-detainee and arrived in Australia at the end of 2009 and works as a support service co-coordinator at RISE Refugee Organisation. Before arrival in Australia, Habib spent 10 years in Malaysia where he worked with Rohingya organisations and Burmese political opposition groups.
2) China’s role in Myanmar’s peace process (and exploitations), a depth and wonderful presentation by Chiraag Roy, Deakin University
Thursday, 21 February 2019
ABRO has joined the Refugee Alternatives Conference - 2019 organized by Refugee Council of Australia on 19-20 Feb 2019 at the SA University of Adelaide.
ABRO's spokesperson Habib raised concerns on immigration detention (onshore, offshore and community placement) and surrounding serious impacts and reforming detention.
The conference was joined by over 75 speakers from the various sectors and shared their concerns and ideas regarding the current refugee crisis and human right situation.
Speaker details at: https://refugeealternatives.org.au/speakers2019/
ABRO thanks Refugee Council-RCOA, Amnesty International Australia, activists, organizations, refugee action groups and Apollo Bay Rural Australians for Refugees - ABRAR, politicians, human right lawyers, and individuals who tried the best advocacy for the rights of refugees and refugees detainees.
Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Thursday, 25 October 2018
23 October 2018
Payne's sanctions against Myanmar military welcome, but need expansion
Responding to Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne's announcement today imposing targeted sanctions against five Myanmar military officers over their role in the ongoing ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya people in northern Rakhine State, Amnesty International Australia's Rohingya Rights Campaign Coordinator Diana Sayed said,
"The Australian Government has today responded to Amnesty International's research and campaign calling for the imposition of sanctions on the key perpetrators of violence against the Rohingya people.
"The explosion of violence – including murder, rape, torture, burning and forced starvation – perpetrated by Myanmar's security forces in villages across northern Rakhine State was not the action of rogue soldiers or units. There is a mountain of evidence that this was part of a highly orchestrated, systematic attack on the Rohingya population.
"The five men today sanctioned by Australia are among the 13 implicated in committing crimes against humanity and named in Amnesty International's 27 June report 'We Will Destroy Everything': Military Responsibility for Crimes against Humanity in Rakhine State, Myanmar.
"The Government must now expand its sanctions net to include all 13 named in that report, and push for comprehensive, multilateral sanctions in forums such as the United Nations Security Council and at the upcoming November ASEAN Summit.
"Only with a concerted international effort to impose a comprehensive arms embargo, and targeted financial sanctions against those individuals responsible for crimes against humanity, will justice be delivered for the Rohingya people.
"The Australian Government must also cut Australia's training support to the Myanmar military. That Australian taxpayers' money is going to support such human rights violators is unthinkable."
Details of Amnesty International's evidence against the military commanders responsible for crimes against humanity in Rakhine State, Myanmar, can be found here (summarised on page 155).
For example, one of the five sanctioned by the Australian Government, Lieutenant General Aung Kyaw Zaw, controlled all military operations in Western Command, which includes Rakhine State, and was charged with coordinating and controlling the use of air assets, including helicopters. During the post-25 August 2017 operations, logistical support via helicopter appears linked to the commission or cover-up of the 30 August massacre of Rohingya men, women and children in Min Gyi village, Maungdaw Township.
Lt. Gen. Aung Kyaw Zaw was physically present in northern Rakhine State during, at minimum, key periods before and during the 2017 operations marked by crimes against humanity against the Rohingya people. All of the elements of command or other superior responsibility appear to have been met.
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