Refugee Le­gal Emer­gency Ap­peal

Do­na­tions to Refugee Le­gal matched dol­lar for dol­lar by Peter McMullin, Aus­tralian busi­ness­man, lawyer and phi­lan­thropist

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Thou­sands of peo­ple seek­ing asy­lum in our coun­try and on Nauru and Manus Is­land face a con­tin­u­ing emer­gency.

Un­der Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment poli­cies, these vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple who’ve fled from atroc­i­ties and per­se­cu­tion in places like Afghanistan, Myan­mar, Syria and Sri Lanka have been sub­jected to fur­ther harm and ne­glect. We know of the in­cal­cu­la­ble suf­fer­ing, de­spair and dire mental and phys­i­cal health emer­gency this has wrought.

Many thou­sands of these peo­ple seek­ing our help in Aus­tralia un­der the Fast Track process ex­ist in a state of con­tin­u­ing cri­sis. Rolling dead­lines and the paralysing un­cer­tainty they cre­ate con­sti­tutes their ev­ery­day.

Based on 30 years of ex­pe­ri­ence, we know that le­gal as­sis­tance is vi­tal in de­fend­ing the rights of peo­ple in the face of this harm and in­jus­tice.

Their great­est need is to be granted pro­tec­tion — to se­cure safety and a chance to re­build their lives with dig­nity.

To this end, we con­tinue to pro­vide crit­i­cal le­gal help — and ad­vo­cate for change — for the chil­dren, women and men trapped on Nauru and Manus.

Our work, to­gether with oth­ers, is seek­ing to en­sure peo­ple get a fair hear­ing, and ul­ti­mately, can re­set­tle in safety.

We’re also work­ing through the

High Court to pre­vent the re­turn of some who’ve been evac­u­ated to Aus­tralia for ur­gent med­i­cal treat­ment, in­clud­ing women who have ex­pe­ri­enced sex­ual vi­o­lence.

On­shore, we’re pro­vid­ing es­sen­tial le­gal help to thou­sands of peo­ple to en­sure they can ef­fec­tively present their case un­der a com­plex and un­fair process. With­out it, rights and lives are en­dan­gered.

The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has com­pletely re­moved all fund­ing of our le­gal work. We need an ur­gent in­jec­tion of fund­ing to con­tinue to help those in need — both on­shore and off­shore.

Peter McMullin — Aus­tralian busi­ness­man, lawyer and phi­lan­thropist — will match your gen­er­ous tax-de­ductible do­na­tion dol­lar for dol­lar up to $50,000 up un­til 25 De­cem­ber 2018, dou­bling the im­pact of your gift.

Help us break the cy­cle of harm and in­jus­tice for thou­sands of peo­ple in des­per­ate need.

Please do­nate now to our End of Year Emer­gency Ap­peal

www.refugeele­gal.org.au

With my sin­cere thanks,

David Manne

Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor & Prin­ci­pal Solic­i­tor

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