BAHRAIN AUSTRALIA YOUTH MOVEMENT – FOR IMMEDIATE MEDIA RELEASE- MONDAY 3 JUNE 2013
Federal Parliament debates Bahrain’s human rights crisis today
The ongoing repression of the mass protest movement in Bahrain will be debated in the Lower House of the Federal Parliament of Australia at 6.30pm today.
Bahraini refugees and members of the Bahrain Australia Youth Movement (BAYM) will travel to Canberra for the event.
Federal MP for Werriwa Laurie Ferguson has tabled motions (see attached) calling on the Bahraini Government to end the crackdown on protesters, release political prisoners and allow medical staff to treat the injured unhindered.
Greens leader Christine Milne will table the motions in the Senate on Monday 17 June, 2013.
“Pressure is growing on the Australian Government to support the mass protest movement in Bahrain in which the overwhelming majority of civilians are simply calling for equality for all Bahrainis”, said Bahraini refugee and BAYM spokesperson, Abdul elah al Hubaishi.
The motions have been approved by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading and have been offered support by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU).
In March, the ACTU passed resolutions (see attached) calling on the Australian Government to raise a complaint against Bahrain at the International Labour Organisation conference which will begin in Geneva on Wednesday.
Mr Ferguson has tabled the motions on behalf of Bahraini refugees who are campaigning to raise awareness about the human rights crisis that forced them to seek asylum in Australia.
Mr al Hubaishi continued, “Support for the Bahrain solidarity campaign is growing and this international pressure is essential to the Bahraini people realising their democratic demands. The human rights violations being committed by the Al Khalifa government will not stop without this pressure”.
On June 15, BAYM and Amnesty International Australia will launch a speaking tour for Bahraini surgeon Dr Ghassan Dhaif who was released from Bahraini prison on March 12, 2013. Dr Dhaif was arrested, tortured and incarcerated for one year for the crime of treating injured protesters. He is one of the medics listed in the solidarity campaign launched by the Australian Nursing Federation last February.
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