Welcome Refugees – National Palm Sunday rally, 9 April

WELCOME REFUGEES – CLOSE THE CAMPS – 1pm / Sunday 9 April / Civic Square (ACT Assembly)

Canberra welcomes refugees! Join us for the Canberra ‘Welcome Refugees: Close the Camps’ rally on Palm Sunday – just one of countless rallies occurring around the country on 9 April in support of refugees. Demand an end to mandatory offshore detention and the immediate safe resettlement of all those whom Australia have imprisoned indefinitely and without charge on Manus Island and Nauru.


Jamila Ahmadi is a member of the Hazara community who was featured in the acclaimed documentary Freedom Stories. She is a student of International and Development Studies at the University of Adelaide.
John Falzon is the CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society of Australia. He has written extensively, with his work appearing in The Australian, The Guardian, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times. He is the author of The Language of the Unheard.
John Minns is an academic at the ANU, and a long time refugee activist. He is a member of Canberra Refugee Action Committee.

This Palm Sunday we will also be hosting a 48hr vigil and installation in Civic Square from 1pm Friday until the Rally on Sunday, featuring art, music, information, and performance. Please see the Facebook event for more details, and be sure to invite your friends.