Speaking out against refugees getting hammered once again

One of Afghanistan’s most prominent human rights advocates is in Australia this week attending a conference in Canberra.
Nader Nadery has been a commissioner on the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission since it was established in 2002 and he was part of the Afghan delegation to the Bonn conference on Afghan reconstruction after the US led invasion.
ELEANOR HALL: What’s your view of the Australian Government’s change of policy on Afghan asylum seekers?
NADER NADERY: We unfortunately learned about putting on hold Afghan asylum seekers in Australia.
It’s very dangerous to make a very general assessment of the situation and say it’s safe for the asylum seekers to return back to Afghanistan.
As you know and as we are witness on daily basis there, a major part of the country where there’s even not a minimum level of rule of law and protection for people, often the police is the source of violation of rights of the individual instead of being a protector of it.
We don’t have protection mechanisms in different parts of the country who could provide some level of security and protection to those people at risk, let alone those that are under direct attack from the elements within the Government.
In my case as I continue with my colleagues fighting our fight, I go around in an armoured car. And I do have an organisational protection. But I do not live a normal life.
So for those ordinary people who have no organisational protection, who do not have an armoured car and who often come under attack from some elements within the Government, some war lords and also consistently if they are active with their aid or development or government organisations – they would be a target of the insurgents and the terrorist groups.
It’s not a safe place and it’s very dangerous to make a general statement about the entire country.
http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2010/s2885737.htm?site=riverland

This interview on the ABC’s World Today shows how dubious the government’s claim is that the situation is improving for the Hazara people from Afghanistan.  The government’s freeze on processing claims, the reopening of old discredited detention centres and the Opposition’s proposals to bring back Temporary Protection Visas (or something worse) for refugees who arrive her by boat – along with the political and media debate sliding back down into Howard-era levels of vitriol, demonisation and hatespeech – is already causing significant trauma for many refugee communities in Australia.

Unless the number of people speaking out against this trend increases, things are likely to get even worser by the time the election rolls around.  Amnesty International is organising rallies in a number of capital cities tomorrow – the one in Brisbane is at King George Square from 1pm.

Below are some excerpts from the ABC interview with Nader Nadery, who has been a commissioner on the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission since it was established in 2002.

ELEANOR HALL: What’s your view of the Australian Government’s change of policy on Afghan asylum seekers?

NADER NADERY: We unfortunately learned about putting on hold Afghan asylum seekers in Australia.

It’s very dangerous to make a very general assessment of the situation and say it’s safe for the asylum seekers to return back to Afghanistan.

As you know and as we are witness on daily basis there, a major part of the country where there’s even not a minimum level of rule of law and protection for people, often the police is the source of violation of rights of the individual instead of being a protector of it.

We don’t have protection mechanisms in different parts of the country who could provide some level of security and protection to those people at risk, let alone those that are under direct attack from the elements within the Government.

In my case as I continue with my colleagues fighting our fight, I go around in an armoured car. And I do have an organisational protection. But I do not live a normal life.

So for those ordinary people who have no organisational protection, who do not have an armoured car and who often come under attack from some elements within the Government, some war lords and also consistently if they are active with their aid or development or government organisations – they would be a target of the insurgents and the terrorist groups.

It’s not a safe place and it’s very dangerous to make a general statement about the entire country.

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  1. BTW?? is that me
    if so ithought i did already

    (so what gives you the rite to judge me whats next the racism comment ).

    that was my statement i never sead that y called me a racist but indicated that you mite do in the future if the debate wasent going you way .

    Yet when poor, non-white refugee children in barely seaworthy craft experience similar difficulties, we are almost deaf and blind to their plight and resentful of every cent spent on their recovery?”

    good point

    how much has it cost to keep border control boats permanantly looking for refugee boats 24hours 365 days .
    iv herd that its costing 200 thousand a week just to transport refugees and the suport ppl they need every week now to and from christmas island and thats just air craft .

    but then i supose its good for the people who live out there they have the good fortune to be able to pay $12 for a single lettes if they can get one
    no such problem out at noth west point though .

  2. Red Crab:

    This is what I think the asylum seeker problem amounts to.

    The United Nations will not do much to sort out difficulties/wars in various countries. As a global organisation, one of its primary aims is to redistribute populations by any means possible.

    So we have:

    (a) a massive immigration program.

    (b) visa holders brought in to do low paid work, whose stay is more likely to be permanent.

    (c) people getting out of war zones on boats.

  3. so now we have some ppl of leonora complaining its just not working out for them and they see how the gov is looking after there gests .
    but as iv been told the gov dosent give them anything more than they have to

    mabe thats the reason the gov wants them in western australia and not placed too close to the states they should placed .nsw and vic that seams to be where all the ppl who look after them come from anyway so it would make sence to me to have them o the east coast saving the gov millions .
    that spare money could then be spent on schools etc etc for the new commers but mabe the govt dosent want the ppl on the east coast to have accsess to the asylem seekers so they dump them in remote areas of western australia. where every thing has to be imported at great cost and effort . just dosent make any sence to me.

  4. These refugees come here and want to change the rules to reflect where their from , heres a solution GO BACK we dont want you here we dont wont our tax dollars being spent on you . If you love your religion and your culture so much go back to where you came and see how well its served you there.

  5. Jamie:

    If you do a study of Age Pyramids and Zero Population Growth, you will find that some other countries have plenty of people in the younger generations to support an ageing population, while the western/developed nations do not.

    Australia needs to keep up a robust immigration program to ensure a decent sized work force and defence force.

    Populations are being redistributed because of various countries’ sizes compared with their levels of population. Australia is comparatively underpopulated for its size.

    If asylum seekers are coming from Afghanistan, and comprise the backlog of potential applicants for migration which existed before Australia signed an agreement to take them in January 2011, our Immigration Dept could simply subtract the number of accepted refugees from their quota for the year.

    I think most people who leave foreign nations don’t like the political and religious infighting occurring there. While I don’t fully support all aspects of multi-culturalism, many are perfectly acceptable and add a richness and diversity to all our lives.

    The government should also cease driving new Australians back out of the country by allowing corporates to pay them wages below those received by locals, making it impossible for them to pay their bills, and creating racial/religious tensions throughout Australian communities.

    It is completely counterproductive to allow anyone to treat new Australians with discrimination, as it undermines our Age Pyramid and makes us vulnerable to attack from overcrowded nations seeking out new territories.

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