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FreeAndOpenAustralia considers the Australian government's policy towards Australians stranded in India as morally reprehensible. It puts people at risk and is highly likely to result in the deaths of a number of Australian citizens.

FreeAndOpenAustralia considers the Australian government's policy towards Australians stranded in India as morally reprehensible.  It puts people at risk and is highly likely to result in the deaths of a number of Australian citizens.

9,000 Australians and Permanent Residents are in India at the present moment, 650 of whom are listed as vulnerable. 

Refusing to allow these people to return to their homes in Australia is at odds with Australia’s international human rights obligations. On 15 April, the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva formally requested that Australia facilitate and ensure the return to Australia of [3] citizens stranded overseas. The UNHR Committee made it clear to the Australian government at that time that failure to implement this request would be incompatible with Australia’s obligation to respect in good faith the relevant UN procedures.

There is no reason to think that Australian citizens in India would be viewed any differently by the UNHR Committee to the three individuals who have to date submitted their cases to that Committee.

The United States will also begin restricting entry from May 4th to those coming from India, however their policy doesn’t restrict the movement of its own citizens.

FOA Spokesperson Deb Tellis said:  “Experience in other countries shows that it is absolutely achievable for governments to put in place sufficient and safe quarantine arrangements so that those of their citizens and permanent residents who wish to return home during the pandemic can do so, in a manner which is safe for the resident population and safe for the returning individuals. We call upon the Australian federal and state governments to greatly increase quarantine places and flights into Australia without delay."

FAO urges the government to amend its policy immediately and enable the safe and affordable return of all stranded individuals.

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  • We as individual Aussies are weak. Together we are stronger. Can I suggest a concerted campaign to lobby each and every MP; State & Fe'ral to facilitate our return and for those that need to, to leave (and be able to return without hindrance) and then lobby hard and continuously for a bill of rights. I don't know the mechanics of this but I will put my shoulder to the wheel. 

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    • Ouch! I've just read that the Fe'ral gov'mint wants to punish it's citizens for trying to come home. Come on everyone at home. DO Something! Not just for us stranded overseas but for yourselves to. What value is being Australian?

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