6 actions you can take in Refugee Week

June 22, 2021

1. Write to your Federal Government

Contact the Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews at or Immigration Minister Alex Hawke at and demand fairer treatment for refugees and people seeking asylum.

2. Follow @AzimiMoz & @FarhadBandesh on Twitter

Kurdish musicians Mostafa Azimitabar and Farhad Bandesh were detained by the Australian government for more than seven years and were released from detention in the last six months. They continue to advocate and fight for the release of their friends in detention. Continue listening to and amplifying refugee voices.

3. Post about the #GameOver campaign

Learn about Amnesty’s Game Over campaign that’s calling on the government to release people seeking asylum and refugees from detention and accept the New Zealand offer of resettlement. Use the hashtag #GameOver on social media to spread awareness of the hundreds of people still in onshore and offshore detention. Sign the petition on the Game Over website.

4. Join your local Amnesty group

Amnesty is a movement full of everyday people who refuse to stand by and allow others to disregard our human rights. We demand dignity, freedom, justice and equality for all. As an activist, you’ll gain the skills, experience, networks and resources to hold the powerful to account. You will be part of a community of fellow human rights activists who are achieving social change every day. Register your interest here

5. Host a speaker and spread the word

A conversation can spark understanding, compassion and action. Are you part of a social club, sporting group, school or workplace? Invite an Asylum Seekers Centre representative to share stories and information about the issues currently facing people seeking asylum in Sydney. Register your interest here.

6. Donate to the Asylum Seekers Centre

There are thousands of people seeking asylum in Sydney who receive no government support. The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical support including food, healthcare, emergency housing, employment assistance, English classes and recreational activities. Your donation will provide the practical help our Federal Government is not providing.

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