Joint Statement on Refugees
We, as a coalition of organisations and community groups from around Australia, are writing to express our concern regarding the humanitarian crisis that Australia has created.
Successive Australian governments have managed and funded offshore detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru. The people detained there are clearly Australia’s responsibility. This situation has reached crisis point, and immediate action must be taken.
19 December 2014
APHEDA donors helped the health volunteers from our Philippines partner organisation reach over 7,000 patients during six medical and relief missions in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
In 2013-14, our projects continued to help working men and women in developing countries learn income-generating skills, strengthen their human rights and workplace rights, and provide a better standard of living and greater hope for their children.
A six-year-old child in Gaza has already lived through three wars. And the 50-day assault by the Israeli military in July and August this year is being described by those living in Gaza as the most severe ever.
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In the past week, Thai authorities have announced that they are discussing plans to return more than 130,000 refugees back to Burma from camps on the Thai border. Authorities have also announced an operation to check migrant worker documentation in Northern Thailand.
Women perform 66% of the world’s work and produce 50% of the world’s food, yet they only receive 10% of the worlds income and own 1% of the world’s property.
That's why three-quarters of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA's projects are aimed at improving opportunities for women and, by doing this, improving their families' lives. We work with local women's groups and women's community groups and unions to deliver projects that women really need and want.
Here are just a few of our projects that focus on improving the lives of women:
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is holding an appeal to assist our Philippines partner provide medical assistance to communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in the early hours of Friday 8 November 2013. It has devastated communities on Samar and Leyte Islands with wind speeds up to 315 km/h and a massive storm surge. Reports suggest at least 10,000 people are dead in the province of Leyte.
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In this issue:
'APHEDA research presented at major AIDS conference' - APHEDA research into the HIV vulnerabilities of Cambodian entertainment workers was presented at the 19th International AIDS Conference. The conference also heard encouraging news about the possibility of an AIDS-free future.
'Advocacy and elections in Timor-Leste' - A few days after Timor-Leste's recent parliamentary election, APHEDA project partners raised the concerns of domestic workers directly with Government representatives.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is holding an appeal to assist our Philippines partners provide emergency medical help to marginalised families affected by recent flooding.
Manila, the Philippines' capital and largest city, and surrounding provinces have been hit by two major typhoons in as many weeks, leading to flooding which has affected an estimated 2.4 million people, with 300,000 displaced by the rising floodwater.
In this issue:
'Industrial Dispute Brewing in Cambodia' - Beer promotion workers continue to be exploited by large multinational brewers.
'Ideas Flow South-to-South' - In March 2012, our partners from Timor-Leste, Cambodia and the Solomon Islands came together to share their knowledge and experience of vocational skills training.
'Supporters Speak Up' - The results of our recent monthly donor survey.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and the Australian trade union movement, we pleased to report that we have been able to contribute over $16,000 to assist with the Umpiem fire recovery effort.
28 February 2012
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA is appealing for donations to assist the Burmese refugees affected by a fire that has torn through the Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp on the Thai Burma Border. Over 1,000 houses have been destroyed - meaning around 4,000 refugees are now homeless, with many having lost all of their belongings.
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Lifting people out of poverty
Executive Officer's ReportUnion Aid Abroad-APHEDA Lifting people out of poverty Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA had another successful year in 2009-10, with thousands of working men and women trained in crucial skills to enable them to earn a decent livelihood.
We have already raised over $32 000 for our 'Pakistan Floods Appeal'.
Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA's donations are assisting our partner in Pakistan, the Labour Education Foundation (LEF).
Shortly after the floods hit in late July, the LEF combined with the National Trade Union Federation, the Qalandar Memon Labour Party of Pakistan, the Women Workers Help Line, and the Pakistan Progressive Youth Front to form a joint organisation called the Labour Relief Campaign (LRC).
This Labour Relief Campaign (LRC) is now providing assistance in four provinces of Pakistan.
As the illegal Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip continues into its fourth year, view a video documentary on the realities of life in Gaza today.
Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA has been working with the El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City since 2000. This hospital is the only hospital service in the Gaza Strip which offers medical services and support for disabled Palestinians.
Attached is a letter sent to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and all Members of Parliament endorsed by 20 Trade Unions and affiliated organisation leaders.
The letter expresses their concerns at the growing stance of indifference towards asylum seekers by both sides of politics, and calls for Australia to follow its obligations under international law.
It was launched publicly at the 'Save Lives Protect Refugees' National Day of Action today.
For any media requests please call Union Aid Abroad - APHEDA's Communications Officer Brami Jegan 0433054712
Union Aid Abroad APHEDA recently supported our partners from medical and womens organisations based on the Thai Burma Border to come to Australia and lobby for cross border aid.
One year on from the devastation of Cyclone Nargis, Union Aid Abroad APHEDA is pleased to report that all monies raised for cyclone relief have been used.
ACTU and Unions NSW are calling for an immediate ceasefire, and for access to emergency and relief supplies.
Peace is union business, and unions have taken part in peace rallies in cities across Australia since the start of Israel's Operation "Molten Lead" on 27 December.
The grossly disproportionate attacks by the Israeli military on a trapped civilian population are unacceptable by all norms of humanity and international law and should not be tolerated by the international community. The targeting of civilians in all cases is prohibited under international law.
The military onslaught against 1.5 Million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip must be stopped immediately.
The deaths and injuries of hundreds of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli military attacks of 27-29 December are to be deplored.