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Refugees and Asylum Seekers

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Thursday, 24 March 2016 11:13

Easter brings hope and peace

Fr Aloysius Mowe sj150The Easter Proclamation speaks of the children of Israel being led out of bondage and of Christ breaking chains. How do we hear that with any equanimity when people who seek safety from persecution and conflict continue to be subjected to the cruelties of a botched offshore processing policy, writes Father Aloysius Mowe sj, Director of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia.

those who came across the seasThe Sisters of St Joseph in North Sydney participated in a training session to prepare them to help harbour asylum-seekers that the Turnbull government tries to force back to Nauru or Manus Island, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

refugees forever 150The Social Justice Committee of the Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes in NSW or CLRI(NSW) has published its March 2016 edition of Just In Time which focuses on Australia's offshore detention policy.

soc justice statement 2015 cvrWomen and girls comprise about half of any refugee, internally displaced or stateless population across the world, writes Maeve Brown, Shelter Project Coordinator at Arrupe Place.

refugee detentionDarwin diocese vicar general Father Malcolm Fyfe msc who works closely with asylum seekers in detention has called on the Prime Minister to end their incarceration and pitched his own policy proposal of deterrence and defence surveillance.

Thursday, 25 February 2016 16:01

Arrupe Place wins community award

jrs zest awardsThe Arrupe Place project of Jesuit Refugee Service Australia (JRS) has been awarded the "Exceptional Community Partnership in a LGA" at the 2016 Zest Awards presented at ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park on February 24, according to a report on the JRS website.

soc justice statement 2015 cvr"Asylum seekers should never be used as pawns in defence of Australia's borders," said Marcelle Mogg, CEO Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA), who called on Australians to urge political leaders to abandon their current stance of using vulnerable people as a deterrent to others and create immigration policies that uphold the rights and dignity of people seeking asylum.

Friday, 19 February 2016 11:52

Being cruel to be kind

Fr Jim Carty smWhy mince words in the face of the intentional brutality being inflicted by Australia on asylum-seekers, including children, imprisoned in our offshore detention centres? Marist Father Jim Carty reflects on our complicity in immigration detention of children and social sin.