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Features & Speakers @ APISC 2002, Easter in Sydney

by 2nd Asia Pacific International Solidarity Con Wednesday, Mar. 06, 2002 at 9:51 PM (+61 2) 9690 1230 PO Box 515, Broadway, NSW 2007, AUSTRALIA

2nd Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference, March 29 - April 1, 2002 >>> 3 weeks to go! <<< Featuring: - Global Solidarity Action for Refugees, March 31, Villawood refugee prison - Discussion towards an Asia Pacific Social Forum Here's just some of the speakers from over 25 countries...

2nd Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference, March 29 - April 1, 2002

>>> 3 weeks to go!

Just some of the speakers from over 25 countries:


Tahmeena Faryal, RAWA, a courageous young Afghani woman activist, exiled in Pakistan

Dita Sari, the Indonesian union leader who rejected Reebok's ,000 "human rights" award

Farooq Tariq, Pakistani socialist & peace movement leader

Michael Albert, founder of ZMagazine

Victor Briz, young Filipino union leader

Leaders of Brazil's MST (Landless Rural Workers Movement)

Luis Pelayo, US advocate & activist for Hispanic workers' rights

Boris Kagarlitsky, renowned Russian socialist writer & commentator

Alex Callinicos, British Marxist intellectual

From the Pacific Region:


Jimmy Naouna, Pacific Concerns Resources Centre (PCRC), Fiji - Assistant Director - Decolonisation & Indigenous Rights [ depending on funding ]

Dr. John Ondawame, (West-)Papuan Presidium Council, and Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Uni Sydney

John Paska, President of PNG Trades Union Congress & PNG Labor Party

Powes Parkop, Melanesian Solidarity (MelSol), Papua New Guinea

Moses Havini, Bougainville Interim Government (soon Autonomous Government)

Sem Karoba, West-Papuan student leader [ depending on funding ]

( and more to be confirmed, plus of course the Australian Solidarity Groups for West-Papua, PNG, and Bougainville )

[ an invitation to Oscar Temaru from the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira party of Te Ao Maohi (French Polynesia) is on its way ]



Global Solidarity Action for Refugees, March 31, Villawood refugee prison

(see [1] below)

Discussion towards an Asia Pacific Social Forum

(see [2] below}

Opening public meeting: 7pm, March 28

>>> Register now!
Phone: (+61)(0)2 9690 1230

FreeCall: 1800 634 206 (only in Australia)

Mobile: (+61)(0)421 322 175 (Mobile)




[1] Breaking down the Borders:

Global Solidarity Action for Refugees

Villawood Refugee Prison: Sunday, March 31

Featuring speakers from the

Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference

Endorsed by:

Free the Refugees Campaign, Rural Australians for Refugees, United Nations Association of Australia, Refugee Action Coalition, International Federation of Iraqi and Iranian Refugees, Refugee Action Collective (Melbourne Central), Refugee Action Collective (Canberra), Refugee Action Collective (Lismore), Edmund Rice Centre, Mary McKillop Institute, Father Claude Mostowik, Progressive Young Hazaras, Health Professionals for Global Responsibility (NSW), Action for World Development, Nicholas Poynder QC, Peter McGregor (Lecturer in Media & Social Studies, UWS Penrith), Thang Ngo (Fairfield Councillor), PNG Solidarity Action, Women Against War & Racism, Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific, Socialist Alliance, Labor for Refugees, Resistance, Democratic Socialist Party, Refugee Action Collective (Illawarra), Newcastle Action for Refugee Rights, Actively Radical TV, Bougainville Freedom Movement, Australian West Papua Association, Australian East Timor Association

[2] Towards an Asia Pacific Social Forum

The following media release was sent out to Australian media on February 7 by the conference organising committee:


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