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Hakeem's Honeymoon

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Raised by 39 people in 2 months
Created January 10, 2019
Hakeem Al-Araibi went to Bangkok on his honeymoon. Instead he is in jail.

Background

With the 'all clear' from Australian immigration officials, Hakeem Al-Araibi and his wife travelled to Bangkok for their honeymoon. A honeymoon that has never happened.

Why?

Hakeem, who was granted refugee status by Australia in 2017 after fleeing persecution in Bahrain, was detained by Thai officials at the request of Bahrain.

That was in November 2018. Hakeem, who is a former national team player with Bahrain who now plays in the Victorian NPL competition with Pascoe Vale FC, is still in jail. Pascoe Vale FC is a member of the Association of Australian Football Clubs (AAFC). 

His wife has returned to Melbourne, their rent being paid by the PFA. Hakeem has no access to a phone or the internet. Visitation rights are limited and he knows no-one in Bangkok other than his Human Rights Watch appointed lawyer and Australian consular officials.

Thankfully, through Foreign Minister Marise Payne, the Australian Government is putting pressure on the Thai Government to let Hakeem go and return to Australia, to which he is legally entitled to do.

Also to their credit, FIFA has issued a statement saying that Hakeem should be able to return to Australia. FFA has also held talks with AFC officials while the Asian Cup is on in the UAE.

The Thai Government seems to be unclear on what to do with Bahrain apparently exerting pressure on Thai government authorities to return Hakeem to Bahrain and almost certain persecution and torture. The other individual remaining silent is Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, president of the Asian Football Confederation and a member of Bahrain's Royal Family. For further background, read here.

Here’s what we’re doing about it

Despite the fact that Hakeem has been in jail for getting close to 50 days, we're hopeful, bordering on confident, that he will be allowed to return to Australia.

When he does, we reckon he's due that honeymoon!

Please join us

We're asking you to join with us in helping to give Hakeem and his wife the honeymoon they didn't have - albeit in Australia!

We'll even share with him your suggestions as to where the honeymoon should be: the heart of Australia around Uluru and Alice Springs, Broome and the Kimberley, the Great Barrier Reef, terrific Tasmania, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, Fleurieu Peninsula, Margaret River, North Queensland ... wherever they'd like to go, as long as it's local. :)

Are there perks?

We don't have any perks.

We're just asking you to help a good cause of making sure Hakeem Al-Araibi and his wife get their honeymoon once he's returned home to Australia.

This is about the Australian football community showing one of their own that we care, by helping in a practical way and giving Hakeem and his wife they honeymoon they didn't have. 

100% of the proceeds (less any fees for GoFundMe) will be passed from AAFC either directly to Hakeem and his wife or via Pascoe Vale FC, once Hakeem is freed.
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Hopefully, by now, everyone has heard the wonderful news that Hakeem is on his way home. This is fabulous. Congratulations and thank you to so many involved, particularly our member club Pascoe Vale FC, the tireless Craig Foster, the PFA, the Australian Government, the Australians of the Year and more.

Our fundraising effort for Hakeem's Honeymoon has not stopped! Thank you to all who have donated so far.

If you know someone who hasn't yet had a chance to donate to it, and would like to do so, please share the good news and this update with them.

The 'average cost' of a honeymoon in Australia is $5,000 and that's what we'd like to get to, to ensure Hakeem and his wife have the honeymoon they never got to have.

Hakeem pictured on his Thai Airways flight as he boarded in Bangkok in the early hours of the morning our time. He is due to arrive into Melbourne around 1pm Tuesday 12 February.
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By now, most of our football community know it's 71 days and counting.

Everyone was shocked and dismayed at seeing Hakeem led out of the police van in shackles.

However, lots of good people are continuing to fight the good fight for Hakeem - human rights barristers and lawyers, civil advocacy groups and, of course, Fozz the front man leading the public charge on behalf of football.

Your support for Hakeem's Honeymoon fund is deeply appreciated.
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Hakeem has now been in jail for 52 days. That's 52 days too long, but many people are working on getting him home.

When he is, we plan to be able to present him with these honeymoon funds, so please let others know if they haven't already donated. Any contribution helps.

If you haven't already also, please consider the two petitions for the Thai & Australian governments respectively. It takes just seconds to sign them and every signature helps. Here are the links:

Thai Govt: https://action.amnesty.org.au/act-now/savehakeem-tell-thailand-to-release-refugee-footballer

Aus Govt: https://www.change.org/p/marise-payne-save-hakeem

Thank you all.
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