Teachers at Brisbane school to strike over student’s immigration detention

12244385_699719653461122_7227548070334389728_oThere has never been a more important time for you to show your support for the #FreeMojgan campaign – if you have not had opportunity to come along to a rally or march, this is THE moment to demonstrate your support! And anyone who has demonstrated support in the past, PLEASE join us again and bring along a friend!

We must make a huge public statement to ensure all caring, compassionate people know Mojgan’s story. Teachers from Yeronga SHS will be striking prior to the rally – a historic event as they are striking for a human rights issue – and students will be staging a ‘sit in’ in a show of solidarity. While we are appealing for Mojgan’s freedom at the rally, we are also celebrating her amazing achievements as a Yeronga SHS student – she will receive her Queensland Certificate of Education at the end of the school year and she is also being honoured with a Special Award at Yeronga SHS’s Awards Night. She cannot be here in person to accept these accolades, cannot celebrate with her community, family, teachers & peers – so we will rally to show her and our entire community how proud we are of her achievements.

We will be meeting at 3pm for 3.30pm at Yeronga Memorial Park, near the Tennis Club & across from Yeronga SHS on Villa Street. There will be ample car parking – look for marshals in high-vis vests to direct you

We look forward to seeing you there. #FreeMojgan.

Media Article
1447650193706Brisbane teachers will take industrial action on a human rights issue for the first time, continuing their campaign in protest against the government’s detention of an asylum-seeker high school student.

Mojgan Shamsalipoor, 21, was months away from graduating at Yeronga State High School when she was forcibly removed in August from the Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation Centre and taken to a Darwin detention centre after a failed visa application.

Teachers at the school will hold a stop work meeting at 1.40pm on Tuesday as part of an ongoing campaign the fight for the rights of Ms Shamsalipoor and other students on bridging visas, or no visas.

The school’s Queensland Teachers Union representative, Jessica Walker, says students will also refuse to go to class, holding a sit-in to coincide with the industrial action.

It will be the first time industrial action will be taken in relation to a human rights issue, Ms Walker said.

“We have grave concerns for Mojgan’s emotional wellbeing, and that of other students who are experiencing increased distress and a sense of hopelessness,” she said.

“All they want is to integrate into our society.”

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton revealed in September he was personally considering a request for Ms Shamsalipoor, who’s married to an Australian permanent resident, to be allowed to apply for a partner visa on Australian soil after being approached by Coalition MP Natasha Griggs.

His office has been approached for comment.

Ms Shamsalipoor fears returning to Iran, having arrived in Australia by boat in 2012 after fleeing sexual abuse and an arranged marriage to a man in his 60s.

Her asylum claim was rejected last year after she had lived in Australia for two years on a bridging visa.

A rally will also be held on Tuesday in Yeronga Memorial Park, opposite the school, from 3.30pm.



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