World Refugee Day – Sunday 21 June @2pm at City Square, Melbourne


On Sunday 21 June in the Melbourne CBD there will be a series of Pop-Up Protests and a Finale program protesting Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.   

Join us  to call on our politicians to STOP THE CRUELTY, and to protect, not punish refugees.    


The main event is at 2pm in the City Square – the Finale program of speakers, performance and music, includes Corinne Grant, Rod Quantock, L-FRESH, Les Thomas and other musicians. 

Bring a placard or banner – Stand Up and show your support for Refugees.  

Bring an old pair of shoes to add to the installation that will be created on the day:  WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN THEIR SHOES? (at the City Square)  All shoes will be donated to charity


We believe we can – and must – do better: 

It’s NOT OK to lock up innocent people – CLOSE ALL DETENTION CENTRES

It’s NOT OK to hold people – including babies and children in limbo on Nauru and Manus Island in punishing conditions – CLOSE the camps on MANUS ISLAND AND NAURU

It’s NOT OK to send people back to places of torture – STOP DEPORTING PEOPLE TO DANGER

It’s NOT OK to take short cuts with life and death decisions – PROVIDE FAIR & THOROUGH PROCESSING OF ALL REFUGEE CLAIMS

It’s NOT OK to turn people away when they seek our protection.


We can welcome refugees … we can resettle … we can treat asylum seekers with dignity ….we MUST stop the cruelty


10am:   Stormy Waters on the Big Screen at Federation Square  the film highlights the contradiction in our reputation for generosity and our hostility to ‘boat people’, and calls for the humane treatment of asylum seekers.  

12.30 – 1.45pm:   Pop-Up Protests will be happening around the CBD – details will be posted at


1pm :  Protest at the Liberal Party Offices, 104 Exhibition Street ( Refugee Action Collective) 


Want to be involved in a Pop-Up Protest?  If you have an idea or plans for a protest, if you would like to join a Pop-Up, or if you can volunteer to be part of the support team, please email Marie at .  We have some pop-up actions which need additional people to make them happen. 


Marie Hapke – on behalf of the Organising Group for World Refugee Day

Refugee Advocacy Network 

0409 252 673

To print out your own leaflets please click this linkRefugee Day Flyer FRONT and BACK A4 Blue