Posts tagged ‘refugees’

There’s a lot that could be said about the fall of Kabul to the Taliban, but one that gets me is just how many refugees from Afghanistan – like gay people and Hazaras – the Australian government insisted were safe to deport back because “Kabul is safe now” 😠 I don’t know how many were sent back, versus how many have been effectively imprisoned without charge by us for years and years because the courts say they can’t be refouled and the government says they can’t stay here…1 but it’s still bullshit that they haven’t been allowed to live normal lives here just because the government has spent years maintaining this fiction that Kabul is safe. Wonder if that’ll actually change now, or if they’ll find some other excuse for their barbaric policy.

  1. This tweet(external link), at least, puts a number on how many Afghans have had their applications denied (518) as well as how many are still waiting for a decision (420). As well as 4,265 Afghans on temporary visas. ↩︎

Link: “Afghan refugee may lose permanent residency in Australia – for supplying identity document”

Original post found at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/aug/08/afghan-refugee-may-lose-permanent-residency-in-australia-for-supplying-identity-document

WTAF. An Afghan refugee, who is a permanent resident here in Australia, was asked to get an ID document from Afghanistan as part of his citizenship application. He did as they asked and now the Aus government is claiming he forged it, since Afghan ID documents aren’t exactly high-quality, and he faces loss of his PR status and potentially deportation 😡

Link: “DFAT urged to retract 'inaccurate' report saying Sri Lankans face low torture risk, following UK court finding”

Original post found at: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dfat-urged-to-retract-inaccurate-report-saying-sri-lankans-face-low-torture-risk-following-uk-court-finding

The report that the Australian Government relies on to declare that no one from Sri Lanka could possibly be a refugee or in any danger there is based completely on unsourced assertions and statements that seem to fly in the face of every other, actually reputable, report (surprise surprise). This shit needs to be revoked so Sri Lankan asylum seekers can actually have their claims processed fairly (although Australia’s system is so garbage that that’d only be the beginning).

Link: “Denmark’s “Zero Asylum” Plan Means Psychological Torture for Refugees”

Original post found at: https://jacobinmag.com/2021/02/denmark-zero-asylum-immigration-refugees/

A sobering read about the hardline anti-refugee policies maintained by Denmark’s “social democratic” government. There are a lot of parallels to the awful situation in Australia too, where our Labor Party has adopted similarly cruel refugee policies in response to One Nation’s rise in certain marginal seats 🙄

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