Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Minneapolis, MN
Joined July 2021
Fandanguillo by Federico Moreno Torroba Hope you enjoy.
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Mehdi Ali retweeted
Duel between Onegin and Lenski, 1899 #repin #ilyarepin wikiart.org/en/ilya-repin/du…
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Pleased to announce @MehdiAli98 as the 2022 Voltaire Empty Chair Award winner. Mehdi, who was detained by Australia from the ages of 15-24 has been a tireless campaigner for the human rights of those in detention. Link to the @GuardianAus article: theguardian.com/australia-ne… #auspol
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What I cannot forgive, however, is a system built with the thought and purpose of oppressing people whose only crime was crossing the ocean. Remaining silent in the face of that system is itself a form of oppression.
When Mehdi was a 15-year-old boy, he was placed in detention for nine years. Now a free man, Mehdi says he can’t forgive the system that imprisoned him. Read more here: bit.ly/3PrU1Ss #InsightSBS
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Refugees onshore and offshore have been detained for long periods, some for almost a decade. They have been deprived of their basic rights, such as the right to education, work, and mental and physical health, among many others.
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Now that I’ve been out and free, it’s more and more clear that the Australian detention system is built on lies, rumours, fear and secrets to treat innocent people with cruelty.
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The release of refugees on Australian soil in the run-up to the election reinforces the suspicion that the decision was not based on issues of human rights, but on the circumstances of this election.
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When some are now able to live in the community [on short-term visas], why did they keep so many locked up all that time, and why are some still locked up?
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Refugees are people like most of your parents and grandparents who have contributed to the development of Western countries and Australia!
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Let’s not forget about the people who have been locked up in Nauru under Australia’s cruel offshore processing regime.
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UNHCR strongly opposes externalization of asylum seekers to other countries. We urge Governments to refrain. People seeking safety and protection, who have few alternatives, should not be penalized.
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If the government claims the source of asylum for refugees within Australia lies in human rights, law and economics, and has nothing to do with the forthcoming election, it must supplement this with another measure and release the people in offshore. theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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It’s not possible to know the intentions of the government’s decision but the release of refugees inside the country without paying attention to those imprisoned offshore who are facing the most difficult conditions suggests the decision is at least in part motivated by election.
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