My name is Drew Pavlou, I'm a philosophy student at UQ. I'm passionate about fighting for human rights both in Australia and abroad - I believe wherever injustice occurs in the world we must speak out against it to protect the human dignity of the vulnerable and voiceless.
My university threatened to expel me as a reprisal for my human rights activism challenging the Chinese government and my university's close relationship with them. A number of people have encouraged me to set up a Go Fund Me to pay for my legal fees defending myself from expulsion. I'm not in activism for personal gain, I don't care what UQ does to me. I want money to go towards protecting those in need.
With one million Uyghur Muslims languishing in concentration camps, Tibetans raped, murdered and disappeared, and Hong Kong activists brutalised by thuggish police in the streets, we cannot remain silent in the face of Chinese government human rights abuses. We must act. This fundraiser will go towards Amnesty International's Individuals And Communities At Risk program, a program that does a great deal to protect Uyghurs, Tibetans, Hong Kongers and oppressed peoples in China itself.
When I was elected to the UQ Senate, I promised students I would donate my salary in full to human rights work in China. My salary as a UQ Senator is $50,000 over two years. I will donate this full amount over the two years to this fundraiser (provided UQ does not expel me and I lose the salary). I'm starting with a $10,000 donation based on my first UQ Senate pay check. I invite you all to join me in raising funds for this urgent human rights work. Thank you and God bless, Drew
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