Palm Sunday Rally for Refugees

Members of the IEU braved heavy downpours to join Palm Sunday marchers at the Rally for Refugees on 14 April. The marchers put pressure on the Federal Government to dismantle offshore detention on Manus and Nauru for people seeking asylum.

Speakers included: Bishop Vincent Long van Nguyen, of the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta, who arrived in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam in 1980; Nithurshi and Murugan, the children of Tamil refugees on temporary protection visas; Zaki Haidari, a Hazara refugee on a temporary Safehaven Enterprise Visa and a campaigner and advocate with Amnesty; Dorothy Hoddinot, former principal of Holroyd High School, and an advocate for refugee students barred from university study due to temporary visas status and David Brophy, Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese History, Sydney University.