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Shira Sebban
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Writer and editor
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Vietnamese families recognised as refugees in Jakarta: Story Published in Sydney Morning Herald and The Age today
JUNE 11 2017 SAVE PRINT Turned back by Australia, Vietnamese recognised as refugees in Indonesia Shira Sebban Ever since they were forcibly returned by Australia to Vietnam two years ago, mother-of-four Tran Thi Thanh Loan and mother-of-three Tran Thi Lua h...

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Assaulted by Hells Angels in VIllawood: Asylum Seeker Speaks Out
An asylum seeker seriously assaulted in detention speaks out, writes  Shira Sebban . AN ASYLUM SEEKER seriously assaulted recently while in detention in  Villawood  has decided to speak out “ even if they kill me ” because “ too many asylum seekers are bein...

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My piece on the sad and violent results of Australia detaining asylum seekers together with 501 visa holders -- non-citizens, many with substantial criminal records, awaiting deportation on character grounds.


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EXCLUSIVE: Fate of Vietnamese asylum seeker children hangs in the balance
  Shira Sebban   16 March 2017, 3:30pm     New Australians Human rights 'What will happen to the 12 children caught up in this saga? At worst, they will be returned to Vietnam, where their mothers risk longer prison sentences as repeat offenders under the V...

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My latest article on the Vietnamese asylum seekers, including 12 children, who tried to reach Australia for the second time, only to end up in Indonesia.

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On January 31, one of the families we have been supporting, Tran Thi Lua, her husband and 3 children, decided – without telling anyone – to try to flee Vietnam for Australia for a second time.
Rescued off the coast of Java after their boat began to sink, the group of 18 asylum seekers, including 12 children from 3 families, is now applying for refugee status. Among them are Tran Thi Thanh Loan and her 4 children, whom we have supported in the past.
Both women are facing imminent and lengthy jail sentences in Vietnam for helping to organise "illegal" departures by boat to Australia in 2015. Mrs Loan's husband, Ho Trung Loi, is currently serving a 2-year jail sentence in Vietnam where he is now being severely mistreated for his wife’s “mistake”. Harrassed, relatives have been told he will never be released unless his family returns.
These families now face an extremely uncertain future and we would like to try to assist them in whatever way we can. With your help, we also hope to continue supporting our 2 families in Vietnam: Mr Quyet, the boat skipper who lost his ability to walk in jail, continues to need medication as he is denied treatment, while Mrs Van, whose husband is serving a three-year sentence with hard labour, needs help to provide her children with 3 meals a day and send food to her husband as he does not get enough to eat.

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How asylum seekers are treated in the Australian court system - my latest article in Eureka Street

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How does Australia treat asylum seekers in court? My latest article now published on Eureka Street
Asylum seeker's long wait for judgement day Shira Sebban  |  17 October 2016 Finally he is having his day in court. After 13 months languishing in limbo in immigration detention, he has been given the opportunity to be heard. Hopefully, it won't be long now...

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My latest article about our campaign to help Vietnamese failed asylum seekers published in New Matilda
Vietnamese refugees flee after the fall of Saigon in 1975. This image was taken from the ship USS Midway, and is part of the Mike Baxter collection.  Saving The World, One Life At A Time By  Shira Sebban   on October 15, 2016 Asylum Seekers Social media may...
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