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Refugee Week Events: 13 – 20 June 2020

Add your events to this listing via the ARAN Contact Page form
with the subject line: Refugee Week event information.
You can also register your event on the Refugee Council calendar by sending details to
There’s more Refugee Week information on the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) Refugee Week website.

Refugee Week Events

• National Day of Action, Saturday 13 June
There will be actions in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and other places with details to follow. Facebook event here
Let us know about actions in your town via the via the
ARAN Contact Page form

Sanlundia online panel discussion Sunday 14 June at 7.00pm
With author Z T Quinn about his work with asylum seekers on Manus Island.

Join in via Zoom at or view the Facebook  live stream at

•  Neighbourhoods of Covid-19: in conversation with Ali Al Battaat
Tuesday 16 June 2020 between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm

An Amnesty International Australia Zoom event discussing how people with refugee backgrounds are making our neighbourhoods much brighter, especially during the past few months! RSVP  via this Google form.

• 2020 UNHCR World Refugee Day Online Event
Thursday 18 June 2020 4.00 pm – 5.00 pm AEST
A live and in-depth conversation with UNHCR Special Representative Marta Dusseldorp, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett AC and UNHCR frontline staff and other high profile supporters from around the world about how they are responding and how we can all make a difference.
Tickets $60: Book on Humanitix.

• Imagining a more welcoming Australia:
An ARAN World Refugee
Day Online forum
Saturday 20 June, 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm AEST
Speakers include Craig Foster (Game Over campaign), Angela Fredericks (Back to Biloela campaigner) and former refugee Najeeba Wazefadost plus others (check back here after 10 June).
Join via Zoom: the meeting ID is 941 8188 2576.

• World Refugee Day Telethon
Saturday 20 June 2020
Join the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) for the 5th annual telethon celebrating the strength and resilience of refugees and a $750,000 fundraising goal to support people seeking asylum. This year the ASRC Telethon will be a live online fundraising appeal.
Find out more at and on Facebook. Also, sign up for alerts at and get live notifications when all the performances and interviews are happening.

Covid-19 Crisis

Go to the  ARAN COVID-19 Crisis page

Email your Premier and Health Minister:

COVID-19: people in detention are at high risk of infection
(RAN website)
Email all relevant Federal Ministers
COVID-19 – Refugees and people seeking asylum need income support

(RAN website)

Contact details for State Premiers and Chief Ministers (April 2020)
Contact details for State Attorneys-General (April 2020)

Online petitions to sign

DialitDownDutton. Don’t take away asylum seekers’ phones! (
Canadian community refugee sponsorship model for Australia
(Amnesty Australia and Community Refugee Sponsorship)
Let’s protect health as a human right
Demand COVID-19 Safe Accommodation for Refugees
#Safer at Home Petition
Extend COVID-19 relief packages to temporary visa holders
Justice for Refugees and People Seeking Asylum

There are more petitions on the ARAN petitions page.

Actions and Rallies:

Australia wide

The Human Rights Law Centre Our Fairer Future Appeal
Launches on Monday 1 June.
Read the Refugee Advocacy Network’s (RAN -Victoria) submission.

The Senate Select Committee on COVID-19
The inquiry into the Australian Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic: the closing date for submissions is 28 May 2020.

How to welcome a refugee
Want to sponsor a refugee? There are some words of advice in this
YouTube video

Refugee racism is a health risk: defend the right to protest online forum
Monday, 4 May 2020 from 6.30pm.

With Julian Burnside, Craig Foster, Chris Breen and Moz from Manus.
There’s more information including registrations at
Hosted by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

Free the refugees! Defend the right to protest! A week of action.
Tuesday May 5 to Sunday May 10, 2020.
There’s more information at
A continuous action hosted by Refugee Action Collective (Victoria)

Brisbane Exercise4Refugees:  Every Friday afternoon
The next: Exercise 4 Refugees Week 7
Friday 29 May from 4.45 to 5.30pm
With asylum seekers in Brisbane detention on Walmsley St. Kangaroo Point. Refugee Solidarity Brisbane / MeanjinRefugee Action Collective Queensland (RAC). More detail on Facebook Events.

Rolling action: exercise in solidarity with refugees
Friday 24 April 24, 2020 from 4.45pm.
There’s more information at
Hosted by Refugee Solidarity Brisbane / Meanjin and
Refugee Action Collective Queensland RAC

New South Wales

Digital rally to free Priya, Nades and their girls.
Saturday 2 May 6.00pm. Guest speaker Vashini Jayakumar.
Hosted by the Tamil Refugee Council and Socialist Alternative – Red Flag.
A Facebook live stream.

Grandmothers for Refugees NSW virtual vigil (in place of the 1st Tuesday QVB vigil). Tuesday 5th May. #hometoBilo. Make a sign, take a picture and send it to Download and print the cockatoo image for your sign if you like.

Tele-Town Hall meet: close immigration detention now
Thursday April 30, 2020 from 7.00pm
There’s more information at
 Hosted by Young Labor Left – NSW and Labor for Refugees.

Events Calendar
Rural Australians for Refugees events calendar
Please let us know about your rallies and actions – we will post the times and places here.

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Regular vigils and actions

Regular events you can attend in your part of the world:
Please note: regular street actions have been suspended during the Covid-19 restriction period.
New South Wales
South Australia
WA Qld and Territories.

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Current Submissions

Combined Refugee Action Group’s Jubilee Letter Campaign
Make a submission to Federal Parliament about refugee, asylum seeker or human rights issues currently under review. Individuals and faith groups are encouraged to join the Combined Refugee Action Group’s Jubilee Letter Campaign:
     • CRAG’s Jubilee Campaign Cover Letter
     • CRAG’s Jubilee Campaign – Letter Template
     • CRAG’s Multi-Faith Letter Template

Past actions

ARAN’s archive of past events across Australia.

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Community Awareness & Education Events

Cultural Connexions: Esmat Noori talks about his flight from the Taliban and his four year journey via detention in Indonesia to Australia.
Multiple dates: May, September and November 2020
Blue Mountains Cultural Centre Parke Street Katoomba, NSW 2779
There’s more information and booking details at
Hosted by Cultural Connections.

ARAN has an arrangement with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to encourage members to post upcoming actions, events, vigils, rallies and campaigns on the RAR Events Calendar.

Community awareness and community education events are listed on the RAR calendar which can be searched on date, location (state) and key words.

To submit your calendar event via the ARAN website, add the details to the form below and click the ‘send’ button.

Publishing events on the calendar are at the sole discretion of RAR.

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rallies, vigils and events

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