Gillian Triggs speaks – Manus Island & Nauru: Refugees in Crisis

Professor Gillian Triggs will be speaking on the crisis of Australia’s refugee regime at Llewellyn Hall, 7pm Wed 25 October. All are welcome and there is no need to book. RSVP and invite your friends on Facebook

The tragic death of another young man in Australia’s detention regime on Manus Island, and the news that Australia is trying to move people from Manus to its other offshore immigration prison on Nauru, make it abundantly clear that not only is this an escalating crisis, but also that the only real solution is to bring the refugees and asylum seekers trapped in PNG and Nauru to Australia.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs was the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission from 2012 to 2017. She conducted the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, which drew significant public and media attention to the plight of refugees in Australia’s detention regime. She was viciously attacked by the government for the report which illuminated the appalling situation for children in Australia’s detention centres. She showed outstanding courage in response. Professor Triggs continues to speak out forcefully on Australia’s human rights record.

Joining Professor Triggs will be Jamila Ahmadi. Jamila Ahmadi arrived in Australia in 2001. She was born in Afghanistan of Hazara background and raised in different countries before settling in Australia with her family. Most of her childhood was spent in various countries, fleeing from persecution and discrimination. She and her family spent time in a detention centre before being granted a temporary protection visa. She is now a proud citizen of Australia who holds a Bachelors degree in International Studies and a Bachelors degree of Development Studies from Adelaide University. She is currently undertaking a Masters of International Relations at ANU.