When: 1:00pm, Sunday 9 April
Where: Parliament House lawns
What: National Palm Sunday march for justice for people seeking asylum
Hundreds are expected to rally for justice for people seeking asylum on Sunday as part of national Palm Sunday protests. The rally is hosted by Amnesty’s Tasmania Refugee Rights group with support from many other local groups that demand the compassionate treatment of refugees. The event will include people from all walks of life, with banners, flags and messages. Sue Todd, a psychologist who worked at the Nauru Detention Centre, Martine Delaney, a local social justice campaigner, and Peter Jones an Amnesty member since 1961 will address the crowd.
Carol Bristow, co-convenor of Refugee Rights Group said, “We want an end to the deaths, suicides, suffering and despair associated with our Government’s harsh treatment of people seeking safety in Australia. We will continue to protest against these policies until the Manus Island and Nauru camps are evacuated, and Australia adopts real solutions for people seeking safety.”
“The world faces more unrest and conflict causing people to flee their homes than any time since World War II. We want to regain our national pride, and fulfil our international responsibility towards these vulnerable people. Now, more than ever Australians need to stand together and demand Justice for Refugees. We invite all Tasmanians to join us on Palm Sunday,” Ms Bristow concluded.
The Palm Sunday rally commences at 1pm, with speakers to address the crowd. All are welcome to attend.
Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. We have a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
The Tasmanian Refugee Rights action group meets on the third Monday each month,5:30-7p.m at the Amnesty Action Centre, 130 Macquarie Street Hobart, and all community members are welcome to attend.