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Refugee advocate John Gibson dies

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Michael Gordon

John Gibson.

John Gibson.

Refugee groups are mourning one of their most admired advocates after prominent Melbourne lawyer John Gibson died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

‘‘Refugees have lost a remarkable and courageous defender in  John Gibson,’’ said Richard Towle,  for the United Nations’ refugee agency. ‘‘John was a strong supporter of the moral and legal principles of refugee protection.’’
Victorian Foundation for the Survivors of Torture director  Paris Aristotle said Mr Gibson’s relentless pursuit of justice and care for refugees had helped thousands of people.

Mr Gibson was the founding chairman of the foundation and was president of the Refugee Council of Australia for six years. 

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