May 2015 – Speaking for the Rohingya People

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Northbourne Avenue, Canberra
Friday May 22nd 2015

I spoke today at the Rally/Vigil for the Rohingya people, fleeing cruel persecution in Myanmar and Bangladesh, stateless, stranded and starving on the Andaman sea. If Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia can stop the push-backs, allow landings, send search and rescue missions and call for regional collaboration to resettle the Rohingya within 12 months, then where is Australia?

If Indonesian fishermen can honour the most fundamental maritime principle and assist those in distress on the sea, how can we stand idly by? We call on our government and navy to stop the push-backs and extend Australia’s helping hand in the face of such a tragedy.