Welcome to the website of the 2013 national refugee rights convergence to the Yongah Hill detention centre, just outside Northam, WA.

From here, you will be able to learn more about the convergence, and why it is important for us to protest the Australian Government’s policies on refugees and asylum seekers — and to do so outside the centres than imprison people indefinitely, without charge or trial.

You can also learn more about past convergences by going to the ‘Past Convergences’ tab.

 


A Call to Action — Yongah Hill Detention Centre, 25th–28th of April, 2013.

We will go to Yongah Hill,
to protest against mandatory detention.
We will defy and spurn the ideologies,
that these prisons are built upon.
We will challenge and confront the fences before us,
as well as the walls in minds and hearts.
We will bring hope to the refugees,
so they will know that they are not forgotten.
We will go to reject racism and fear of the other,
to welcome the stranger with compassion and understanding.

We go as much for our own liberation and freedom
as we do for theirs.
Because we are all human,
and our rights are all connected.
Because violating the rights of one,
endangers the rights of all.
Because there is no ‘them’ and ‘us’,
there is only ‘we’.