I've designed this Peaceful Dove necklace to symbolise peace and freedom for asylum seekers and refugees currently in mandatory detention in Australian prisons. Profits from the sale of Peaceful Dove necklaces and brooches will be donated to The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Australia.
When you buy a Peaceful Dove, part of the profit covers the cost of making and the rest will be donated to the ASRC.
Australia currently has in place mandatory detention for "unlawful non-citizens", and many people classified as refugees are imprisoned in Australian and offshore detention centres. The prisons on Manus Island and Nauru in particular are home to human rights abuses, where refugees are subjected to beatings, racist slurs, and sexual assaults. A number of these refugees have died or been seriously injured in detention from assault, medical neglect, self harm and suicide. The Australian government claims that it has no responsibility for these people and their well-being because they are in the care of the Papua New Guinean and Nauruan governments, despite being funded by Australia to detain asylum seekers.
"We must not forget that the Government set up a system of deliberate abuse of and cruelty towards almost two thousand people in two detention centres who are simply looking for a safe place to rebuild their lives."
"The Australian Government must be held accountable for the many years of harm it has inflicted upon people seeking its protection, as well as shoulder its share of responsibility and treat people seeking asylum fairly."
- Anna Neistat from Amnesty International
I have designed this dove in order to raise money for the Asylum Seeker Resource Center, an independent human rights organisation dedicated to assist, advocate for and empower asylum seekers, and engage with the wider community in order to affect social change.
$40 can feed a family of 4 for a 2 weeks
$90 can provide 2 months worth of nappies for 3 families
$300 can run a legal phone advice service for 8 hours
$500 can cover 5 weeks accommodation
Chain length: 53cm. Can be lengthened or shortened, just leave me a message at check out.
Acrylic is hard but can be brittle and scratch easily, so don't get too rowdy while wearing your jewellery and store it somewhere safe. Don't wear it in water and avoid spraying perfume or other liquids on it.