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Seeking Refuge: Peter Holmes à Court, Alissa Everett and Aziz Muhamat

What makes a person leave their home? How are governments around the world responding? How could Australia respond in a humane manner? In January 2016, Alissa Everett and Peter Holmes à Court began a written and photographic journey to document the lives of people seeking asylum.

The Human Rights Law Centre invites you to hear Peter and Alissa talk about their work, followed by a Q and A with the HRLC's Daniel Webb and Aziz Muhamat (via Skype), a refugee from Sudan who Australia has held on Manus Island for almost 4 years.

This conversation will be facilitated by Roj Amedi, who will lead the discussion in exploring Australia’s current policies, their impact on those who seek asylum, and the policy alternatives we need to pursue.

Date: Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time: 5.45pm (for 6pm start) - 7.30pm
Venue: King & Wood Mallesons, Level 50, Bourke Place, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $25 full – $15 Concession
Tickets: << Click here to purchase tickets >>

Alissa Everett is a photojournalist known for creating beautiful images in the world’s most troubled areas. Alissa’s humanitarian work includes documenting the humanity and dignity of people in situations such as, the Syrian refugee crisis, Swat refugee camps of Pakistan, peace and reconciliation in South Sudan, and the recovery of survivors of sexual violence in the DRC.

Peter Holmes à Court was most recently the Founding Chairman of The Greater Sydney Partnership Limited and the Brand Sydney Initiative. Peter has also acted as CEO of the Australian Agricultural Company, Executive-Chairman of the South Sydney Rabbitohs Rugby League team, and a non-Executive Director of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority and Queensland Rail, Australia’s largest rail company.

Aziz Muhamat is a 24-year-old man from Darfur, Sudan. He was forced to flee from his home to a refugee camp in Chad, and arrived in Australia by boat in 2013. He was detained on arrival and taken to Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, where he remains. Aziz is the subject of the Wheeler Centre and Behind the Wire podcast series The Messenger.

Daniel Webb is the HRLC’s Director of Legal Advocacy. He leads much of the centre’s work defending the rights of people seeking asylum and people in all forms of detention.

Roj Amedi is a Kurdish woman from Iraq, who became displaced and a refugee in the 1990s. She is currently an editor, writer, broadcaster and strategist. She writes and speaks on a range of issues including politics, the arts, culture, public policy, gender and race. She has a deep passion for social justice, community building and human rights. You can follow her on twitter @Roj_Ame

Thanks to King & Wood Mallesons for generously hosting this event.