The 2018 Amnesty International Human Rights Address will take the form of a panel discussion on the topic "The Global Refugee Crisis - how should we respond?"
Australia's response to refugees has been a contentious issue for many years. On 4 September three people who have worked in refugee advocacy for many years will come to Townsville to share with us better ways in which we as a nation might respond.
Paul Power is the CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCoA). The RCoA is the national umbrella organisation representing refugees and people seeking asylum. As part of his work Paul travels to other countries in our region to work with local NGOs. In his presentation Paul will discuss what a regional solution might look like.
Claire Mallinson is the National Director of Amnesty International Australia (AIA). In this role Claire has a unique perspective on the refugee situation from her work with other national sections of this global human rights organisation. Claire will share with us her reflections on her recent trip to the Rohingya Refugee Camp at Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.
Shankar Kasynathan is the Refugee Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia. At the age of 9 Shankar came to Australia with his family as refugees from Sri Lanka. Shankar will introduce AIA's "My New Neighbour" campaign.
Following the presentations there will be time for questions from the audience.
This year's Address will be an opportunity to get the latest information about developments in the global refugee situation and to find ways of responding that are meaningful and effective.
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