08 February 2012

Unsafe Haven? Can we send refugees back to Afghanistan?

This special panel discussion about the Hazaras in Afghanistan is part of the current exhibition Unsafe Haven – photographs of Hazaras in Afghanistan by photographer Abdul Hekmat.

Event details


Unsafe Haven? Can we send refugees back to Afghanistan?


  • Abdul Karim Hekmat, photographer, Unsafe Haven and freelance writer;
  • Julian Burnside, AO QC, barrister,author,human rights and refugee advocate;
  • David Manne, Executive Director, Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre;
  • Dr Anne McNevin, RMIT Research Fellow and author of Contesting Citizenship:Irregular Migrants and the New Frontiers of the Political;
  • Najaf Mazari, Afghani refugee, author: The Rugmaker of Mazar-e-Shari; The Honey Thief






RMIT Gallery

344 Swanston Street



Please also join us for Afghan tea and sweets at the talk, part of our Art After Work Thursday night events at the gallery.

Free event. Bookings essential on 9925 1717.

This event is presented by RMIT Gallery as part of the exhibition: Unsafe Haven: Hazaras in Afghanistan.

Further information

Hazara refugee Abdul Karim Hekmat came to Australia in 2001, fleeing Afghanistan under Taliban rule. A decade later, he travelled back to his homeland to research the conditions Hazaras were living under after the downfall of the Taliban.

As Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a timetable for the withdrawal of Australia's troops from Afghanistan, the panel discussion, focusing on how the exhibitions intersect with Australia’s involvement in Afghanistan and the immigration debate, and featuring Julian Burnside AO QC, is timely.

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