MY STRUGGLES AS A HUMAN RIGHTS WRITER IN AUSTRALIA

I have been facing extreme censorship and financial hardship in Australia. I have been writing to spread awareness nationally and internationally about the Aboriginal communities’ harsh life in Australia. I wrote many letters to the federal and state ministers about their awful treatment of Aboriginal people in the outback; and refugees in the detention centres. Due to my writings, I was intimidated and threatened by the government authorities. I was banned from the RMIT University for six months under false accusation in 2004 while I was making students aware of the government’s harsh treatment of its Aboriginal people and refugees. However, the University allowed me to sit for my final semester Business degree exams under the security. My house was searched by fifteen Victoria police members under false accusation. When I started to make awareness internationally, the Australian government not only stopped me from getting a job, but they even stopped me from selling my house, which led me to file for bankruptcy. My passport was disappeared from my house, when I applied for a new passport I was told that I was an illegal immigrant. Obviously the government stole my passport during the house search and deleted my citizenship details in the database.

My citizenship certificate no: ME9701311V, issued on 26/03/1997 has disappeared from the system; still the Australian government hasn't given a reason. I wrote to the United Nations, and also to the international community about the government’s cruel action. Due to the International pressure, the Australian government had reinstated my citizenship. However, all the leading social justice law firms have declined to take my case. The Australian government won't allow me to fight my case, because it will be an embarrassment. As a human being I would not do to others what the Australian government has been doing to me. ‘I do not focus on the hardships that I face due to my actions that I have taken towards the injustice, but only on my dream that the injustice will turn to justice in due time.’ This is my own quote, and it gives me courage and strength to carry-on, no matter what circumstances or difficulties I am going through. The Australian government must be held responsible for all of my hardships. The Australian government must understand one thing clearly; it can prolong to deal with its own people’s suffering in the outback, but cannot ignore it forever. The Australian government believes that keeping me in financial hardship and isolation are the solution for what have been happening in the outback. It is simply wrong, it will backfire on all Australians in due time.

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