As many from our community come from migrant backgrounds and are all too familiar with histories of persecution and fleeing, the rights of refugees to live in safety is something we are passionate about.  Australia has an abhorrent track record of treatment of asylum seekers, for which it has been internationally condemned. We demand a fair, just and compassionate response to refugees seeking asylum.

Below are links to recent statements, actions and campaigns undertaken by the AJDS to change Australia’s cruel response to those in dire need of our help:

Latest Updates in this campaign

The tradition of Palm Sunday rallies

Feb 6th 2017

By Yael Winikoff. Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, celebrates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.  It has […]

Impressions from the anti-Trump rally, Melbourne February 3, 2017

Feb 6th 2017

By Larry Stillman. Hello all, I ran home like crazy to try to put in a […]

One Nation’s cancellation and a letter by Robin Rothfield

Feb 6th 2017

Pauline Hanson and Malcolm Roberts’ planned Caulfield visit in November, 2016, which was organised by a […]

Why I spend my Friday nights in hell: visiting the Melbourne Immigration and Transit Accommodation centre (MITA)

Feb 6th 2017

By Sivan Barak. Every Friday night for the past 60 weeks I’ve driven out of the ‘ghetto’, […]

‘A racist pig’: on embroiling children in the war on refugees

Feb 6th 2017

By Jordy Silverstein On March 25 2004 it was reported by the Hobart Mercury that “immigration […]

Mum, did you steal any refugees? Sylvie Leber on the Baxter convergence, 2003

Feb 6th 2017

The Baxter Detention Centre in South Australia was used for the mandatory detention of asylum seekers […]

Migrant Justice in Settler-Colonial Australia (published in Arena)

Feb 6th 2017

By Sam Levnad This article was originally published in Arena Magazine. How can we work towards […]

Open statement calling for immediate action on offshore detention (initiated by The Refugee Council of Australia)

Feb 3rd 2017

The Refugee Council of Australia has issued the following statement (3/2/17), of which the AJDS is signatory, […]

Innocent, imprisoned, unbroken: Behrouz Boochani

Feb 3rd 2017

Last year Behrouz Boochani wrote in the Guardian about arriving in Manus Island: “Twenty-eight months ago, […]

Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban

Feb 1st 2017

It was on International Holocaust Memorial Day this year, after issuing a statement that made no […]