Australia has a moral responsibility to act in response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
Join the Afghan-Australian community in Meanjin/Brisbane for the Justice for Afghanistan protest on Sunday 22nd August.
We encourage everyone to stand and march in solidarity with the Queensland Afghan Community Association, as they call on our elected representatives to take actionable steps to support the Afghan people.
Having faced suffering, war, injustice and ongoing trauma, the Afghan people are now facing a humanitarian crisis with the violent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan.
The Australian government must commit to an additional humanitarian intake of at least 20,000 Afghan refugees, expedite the resettlement of interpreters and guides, and grant permanent protection to all those in Australia on temporary protection visas.
When: Sunday 22 August, 2-5 pm
Where: King George Square, Brisbane City
There will be speeches and a march to Kurilpa Point Park, South Brisbane.
RSVP: Facebook event page
Full list of demands:
1. Committing to an additional humanitarian intake of at least 20,000 prioritising the most vulnerable persecuted Afghans similar to Canada’s announcement on 14 August 2021 accepting 20,000 Afghan refugees, and similar to Australia’s response to the Syrian conflict in 2015 in accepting 12,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees.
2. Expediting the resettlement of Afghan interpreters, guides and other personnel involved in Australia’s mission in Afghanistan.
3. Granting permanent protection to more than 5,100 Afghan refugees, predominantly from the historically persecuted Hazara ethnic groups, who are currently on temporary protection visas in Australia.
4. Granting amnesty to all Afghan nationals currently in Australia who fear returning to Afghanistan.
5. Prioritising the family reunification visas of Afghan-Australians, including those who are prevented from reuniting with their families due to a government ministerial directive that requires the Department of Home Affairs to deprioritise family reunion of hundreds of Afghans in Australia.
6. Lifting the ban on resettlement of refugees to Australia through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Indonesia, a ban which has been in place since 2014. This ban continues to limit resettlement options for 10,000 Afghan refugees awaiting safety and protection.
This is a peaceful protest. Public safety is the highest priority.
All attendees must wear a face mask at the rally.
Bring your own hand sanitiser.
Maintain social distancing by staying 1.5m apart from other people who are not part of your household.
Follow the instructions of the marshals on the day.
Stay home if you are feeling unwell.