FREE LECTURE: Unsafe Haven, Hazaras In Afghanistan
|Unsafe Haven, Hazaras In Afghanistan : Public Lecture by Mr. Abdul Karim Hekmat on Hazaras and their treatment in Afghanistan
Last November a 27 years old Hazara asylum seeker was about to be deported to Afghanistan. The Federal Magistrate Court put a temporary injunction against his forced removal because of ‘lack of procedural fairness.’ Now a legal challenge is underway in the High Court to determine the fate of all Afghan refugees listed for forced deportation under the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the Australian and Afghan governments in early 2011. Increasingly, the Hazara refugee applications have been rejected as the Australian government argues that the situation for Hazaras has improved in Afghanistan and thus have ‘no need of international protection.’ Abdul Hekmat will discuss this controversial deal against the background of continuing persecution and suffering of Hazara people in Afghanistan. He made a personal trip to Hazarajat, Afghanistan in 2010 to document Hazara lives. He has produced a striking photography exhibition touring around the country and a first-hand report detailing the current situation of Hazaras in Afghanistan and Pakistan. This will be a rare opportunity to see the ‘Unsafe haven’ exhibition at the University Club on a closing day and hear his talk on the exhibition and the Hazara situation in the context of Afghan politics in the post Taliban period.
Abdul Karim Hekmat arrived as a refugee from Afghanistan in 2001. He spent five months in Curtin detention centre in WA and then lived for over three years under Temporary Protection Visa. He has participated in many forums, conferences and media debates, the Sydney Writers’ Festival. He has articles published about refugees at The Australian, National Times, The Age and the Drum. He also writes short stories and his first short story will be published an anthology ‘Alien Shores’ in May, 2012. He lives and works in Sydney helping young people from refugee
backgrounds with their settlement and capacity building.
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