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Survivors To Testify At Quassey Trial!

by Marg Hutton
26 September 2003

Tonight Ghassan Nakhoul of SBS Arabic Radio went to air with the breaking news that the Australian Federal Police have recently revisited some of the SIEVX survivors and offered to take them to Egypt to testify in the trial against Abu Quassey. The Australian government will be covering the costs of the travel and according to Nakhoul, some have accepted the offer.

The Abu Quassey court case resumes tomorrow in Egypt and will keep a watching brief on proceedings.

The second anniversary of the SIEVX sinking is nearly upon us and there are a number of events being planned to commemorate the 353 lives lost in our maritime border protection zone on 19 October 2001.

Below is a list of events that we are aware of so far. If you know of others please contact us.

Media Release
Steve Biddulph

A two year project to build a permanent memorial to the lives lost on the SievX has been announced by psychologist and author Steve Biddulph. The project hopes to involve students in many of Australia's 4000 secondary schools, in learning about the SievX story, and designing a fitting memorial, to be sited on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in the National Capital. Called a Young Peoplešs Art Collaboration, the idea is not a competition, but hopes to exhibit all submitted designs in regional and state capitals. The next step will be to combine the best elements into a design acceptable to the ACT planning authorities, which will be a beautiful, fitting, and educational site which visitors to the ACT will invariably visit.

The project is a joint one between members of Rural Australians for Refugees, and the Uniting Church in Australia. Art students in years nine and ten in secondary schools will be the primary target group, but other students will not be excluded. Art teachers nationally are being consulted on the design of the project.

The organizers hope that the SievX story, and the courage of the families who were on the ship, will become much more widely known through the project, and through memorializing the tragedy, a conscience over those who seek safety from persecution will be strengthened in a younger generation of Australians.

Steve Biddulph, Reverend Rod Horsfield, and Senator Bob Brown, will speak at a launch of the project in Parliament House, Canberra, on thursday October 16th at 1.00 pm.. Steve will also outline the project at the SievX Forum at the ANU on Saturday October 18th.

For further information please email


October 18 - Public Forum: SIEV X - A Crime Against Humanity, Haydon-Allen Tank, Australian National University, Canberra. 2pm Speakers: Tony Kevin (currently a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies; former Australian Ambassador to Cambodia and to Poland); Jack Waterford (Editor, Canberra Times); Margo Kingston (Sydney Morning Herald). Info: ACT Refugee Action, e-mail:

October 18 - Ecumenical Service Remember SIEV X on second anniversary;
11am, Lennox Gardens, Yarralumla, Canberra.Speakers include: Catholic Bishop Pat Power and Canberra Islamic Centre President Ahmed Youssef, Anglican Bishop George Browning. Info: ACT Refugee Action, e-mail:


Tony Kevin will be speaking on SIEVX at a Conference in Sydney University Law School on 2 October organised by Mary Crock on Migration, Mental Health and Human Rights. For further information


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