Yeppoon Amnesty group back to fight for human rights
AFTER hearing the horrific stories of abuse in offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru, Yeppoon's Sean Kehoe says it was something he could not just sit back and do nothing about.
"Hearing about the abuse of women and children in these centres is a disgrace," Sean said this week.
"There seems to be so much secrecy surrounding it, I'm sure we're not getting the full picture of what's going on there."
That is why he and Denise Christensen were re-starting the local Amnesty International group, which had been in hiatus for about 10 years, Sean said.
"John and Denise Christensen were the main stalwarts of the group back then and raised a lot of money with movie nights in the old cinema," he said.
"The main motivation for me for re-starting this group is to push for closures of these offshore detention centres."
With the first meeting held earlier this month, the Yeppoon boilermaker was on a mission to invite the Capricorn Coast community to get involved.
"The response so far has been really positive but we want to cast the net wider for our next meeting on November 2 at the Community Centre garage room," Sean said. "Our plan is to run an awareness campaign and put pressure on local politicians."
WHAT: Amnesty International Capricorn Coast Group meeting
WHEN: Monday, November 2, from 6.30pm
WHERE: Yeppoon Community Centre garage room, John St