Happy NAWRUZ to all those celebrating especially to the Afghan and Iranian communities where it’s widely celebrated.

Yesterday, the Edmund Rice Centre, alongside the Iranian and Afghan communities, celebrated NAWRUZ and Harmony Day at NSW Parliament. The event aimed to honor diversity and multiculturalism in Australia, fostering a sense of belonging for everyone. Nawruz, meaning "new day" in Farsi, symbolizes nature's rebirth and is celebrated as the first day of spring, marking the year 1403 in the Hijri Shamsi (Solar) calendar. It holds special significance in Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asian countries like Tajikistan. Sadly, the Taliban has banned Nawruz in Afghanistan, deeming it un-Islamic.

The celebration included a panel discussion addressing the dire human rights situations in Afghanistan and Iran. Panelists shared insights and proposed solutions, with participants engaging in a Q&A session.

New court challenge on immigration detainees

We are seeing the rights of people seeking asylum in Australia continue to be a political football in our public discourse. Our institutions of government, fourth estate and those in power need to consider the irreparable harm of policies that our highest court has deemed illegal. This not just to those affected, but Australia’s reputation as the nation of a fair go and one that treats people with compassion. #compassionatesovereignborders

His Excellency Anote Tong at ERC

It was an honour to welcome His Excellency Anote Tong, former President of Kiribati, and his wife Meme at our Centre in Balmain today. Thank you to The Australia Institute and all those who joined us in person and online. The recording of the event will be available in the near future. #climatejustice Pacific Elders' Voice

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