I, and many Australians, have been watching the human rights crisis unfold on Manus Island with horror. Refugees under the the “care” of the Australian government, who have been kept imprisoned in detention centres for years, were abandoned with no food, water, or medicine. PNG police have been committing acts of brutality and violence against them – as we, the Australian public, have been for years with our complicity.
“This is Peter Dutton,” one of the refugees says. “Peter Dutton has confirmed this police operation. The killing operation is under way, and you can see. It’s a killing operation, it’s not moving operation. It’s just the starting.” – The Saturday Paper
So we’ve decided to have a flash sale at Lilu & Bey, the little hobby I run with Beth where we sell handcrafted toys and prints, typically to raise money for the UNHCR (you can read more about how we got started here). This time, all proceeds will go directly to The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, who are advocating for the rights of these refugees.
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🌸🌸FLASH SALE FOR MANUS🌸🌸 . At Lilu & Bey, we are horrified at the human rights crisis currently unfolding on Manus Island. Refugees have been abandoned in a detention centre with no clean water, food or medication, and subject to brutality & violence by PNG police. All in OUR NAME. . We are having a flash sale to raise proceeds for The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre who are advocating for the rights of these refugees. Toys are heavily discounted – please help either by making a purchase or donating directly to a human rights/refugee charity. . Cats $20 Birds on a wire $5 each or 3 for $10 Full size dolls $40 (less than half price!) Scotty dogs $10 Ballerina $20 (Not inclusive of post) . . #makersgunnamake #creativelifehappylife #handmadeau #australianhandmade #handmadeisbetter #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #girlbossesau #halpaustralia #aussiehandmadeloves #craftaustralia #craftsposure #craftcircle #aussielocalshopper #handmadeandsmallbusinessau #letthemin #letthemstay #evacuatenow
Prices (as seen above):
Birds on a wire $5 each or 3 for $10
Full size dolls $40 (less than half price!)
Scotty dogs $10
(Not inclusive of post)
Other things you can do
Ring your pollie’s offices and let them know you won’t be party to crimes against humanity. Just a short message saying you wish to register your protest about what is happening on Manus Island is fine (GetUp! have phone and email templates you can use).
- Malcolm Turnbull, PM: (02) 6277 7700
- Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs: (02) 6277 7500
- Peter Dutton, Minister for Immigration & Border Protection: (02) 6277 7860
- Bill Shorten, Opposition Leader: (02) 6277 4022
- Shayne Neuman, Shadow Minister for Immigration & Border Protection: (02) 6277 4755
- Your local federal MP
Donate directly to charities advocating for refugee rights:
- Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
- RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-detainees
- Gifts For Manus And Nauru (food and water / phone credit funds)