Australia is sending all asylum seekers who arrive by boat to Papua New Guinea. Any person suspected of being gay could be immediately deported – even if they were fleeing anti-gay laws!
The Prime Minister of Australia has just guaranteed that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) refugees, who arrive by boat, will be sent to Papua New Guinea – where being gay could get you 14 years in jail.
Australia is weeks away from an election. So far, the country has been able to sneak this policy in without the world taking notice. If the international community speaks out, we could force the leaders of the government and opposition to back down or risk Australia’s international reputation.
Australia is one of the few countries in the region that accepts LGBT people. It has always been a safe haven for refugees fleeing persecution. Every LGBT person who arrives by boat will have little choice but to lie about who they are to avoid being sent home.
Australians are proud of their reputation as the ‘lucky country’ – a country of progress. With their reputation under attack, Australia’s leaders could be pushed to stop violating the Geneva Conventions and protect the most vulnerable.
The full policy states that all people arriving by boat to seek asylum will be relocated to Papua New Guinea where their refugee claims will be assessed, and only then allowed to settle. Legal experts have already denounced the plan for breaching international law. It is singling out people on boats for taking the last resort available to them.
Hiding on a leaky boat, crossing some of the world’s most dangerous oceans, is the most difficult way to reach such an isolated country. No one would take such a risky boat journey if their very lives weren’t on the line.
All Out’s first ever campaign successfully halted the deportation of Ugandan lesbian Brenda Namagadde from the UK back to her home country. Since then, we’ve become a powerful movement of over 1.7 million people fighting anti-gay laws around the world.
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Andre, Hayley, Jeremy, Marie, Marie-Marguerite, Sara, and the rest of the All Out team.
UN refugee agency raises more concerns over Labor’s PNG solution – The Guardian, 26 July 2013
Rudd plan in tatters as camps labelled ‘gulags’ – Sydney Morning Herald, 25 July 2013
Coalition wants military led campaign against people smugglers – ABC, 25 July 2013
How to break the people smugglers real business model – Inside Story, 25 July 2013
More than a legal issue, PNG plan challenges core principles – Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2013
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