‘STOP’ Deportaion of Hazara Asylum Seekers | An Open Letter to Immigration Minister Brendon O’Connor

March 14, 2013

An open letter directed to Minister O’ Connor requesting him to reconsider his decision in the light deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and the request of 30 Afghan supporting these reports.
Kindly please read the letter, swap the signature with yours, write your address and send to Minister for Immigration Mr O’ Connor.

Minister O’ Connor’s email address: Brendan.O’Connor.MP@aph.gov.au

Dear Minister O’Connor,

I understand that a large number of Hazara asylum seekers are under threat of deportation to Afghanistan. It is well documented that Hazara people are at constant risk of persecution and targeted killings in Afghanistan, and also in Pakistan, where there have been mass killings of Hazara people in recent months.

Advocates are gravely concerned for the welfare of these people who fled from Afghanistan in fear of their lives, very often after losing members of their families to the systematic violence to which Hazara people are subjected. As you know, this week 30 Afghan MPs have written to the Australian Government urging the abandonment of plans to return asylum seekers to Kabul, because the security situation in the Afghanistan is getting worse and attackers are targeting members of the Hazara ethnic group.

I urge you to intervene on behalf of these people by extending their Bridging Visas and ensuring a thorough review of their claims for asylum.
Given the ongoing instability in Afghanistan, it is inevitable that these people would be in danger if they are deported. There are too many documented cases of asylum seekers being returned to Afghanistan, and subsequently being killed or tortured.

A key objective of the Refugee Convention is to provide protection for people whose lives are at risk, and I feel strongly, as do very many other Australians that it is the duty of our federal Government to ensure justice for people seeking asylum and to ensure their safety.

I am very concerned that these threatened deportations are in part motivated by your desire to be ‘tough on asylum seekers’ and are aimed at creating fear within these communities in the hope of deterring others from coming to Australia to seek asylum and protection. The current focus on deterrence denies the right of people to seek asylum, violates human rights and sadly, fosters fear and prejudice within the Australian community.

It is time for the Labor government to reset the policy approach to asylum seekers based on generosity and decency. This will ensure that asylum seekers are treated fairly and with compassion, and will also encourage our Australian communities to welcome and embrace those who seek our protection.

I am asking that you intervene immediately to stop the deportation of Hazara asylum seekers and make sure that their claims are assessed fully and fairly.

Yours sincerely

(your name)

(your address)

 

Source: http://refugeeadvocacynetwork.org/

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One response to “‘STOP’ Deportaion of Hazara Asylum Seekers | An Open Letter to Immigration Minister Brendon O’Connor

  1. Juma JAHFARI

    Once we had a country and we thought it fair,
    Look in the atlas and you will find it there,
    We cannot go there now, my dear, we cannot go there now.
    Say this city has ten million souls,
    Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes:
    Yet there is no place for us, my dear, yet there is no place for us. (sources)

    It is not an adventureous journey that the asylum seekers take the risk to seek asylum in Australia. This is not fun as the sailors do while sailing a boat. It is their bad fortune that they don’t have peace in their country because of the politics of politicians who have jeopardized not only Afghanistan but also the whole world, who have snatched the rights of their freedom and the right of living in a peaceful life. They have the rights to seek asylum in a peaceful country either in Australia, Canada, or Europe etc.

    The people who are called “boat people” instead of their beautiful names never flee their home country by their own choice if they have peace in their country. They are compelled to flee their country either it is because of the genocide killing of their ethnicity, religious believes, or substantial discrimination. Most of these Afghan asylum seekers who have fled and are seeking asylum in Australia, are from Hazara ethnicity. It is as clear as crystal, and have been the headlines of every newspaper of the world, “Protest against Genocide Killing of Hazara”. Hazaras’ History has been written by their own blood by the help of the quell of all cruel rulers of Afghanistan in the past where Hazaras have been always the victim of substantial discrimination,injustice, inhumanity…

    Hazaras have always been in the darkness, as a blind person is, and now our people have found a sign of hope, a hope for life, a source of light in the darkness, a peaceful shore with its sound waves to seek asylum in Australia.

    Today, I am really very happy that I am living in Australia such peaceful country, and also thankful to the government of Australia who has not only given me protection but also my human rights as to others. Hope Australian government will not deport my Hazara brothers to Kabul, Afghanistan, where they face treat, danger because of Taliban in Afghanistan. I am a proud Hazara Afghan Australian. I will serve my nation and defend my country (Australia) till the end of the journey of my life.
    Juma JAHFARI

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