Refugees and Asylum Seekers
The 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.
Women 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.
Darwin 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.
The 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.
"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.
Why 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.
Following the High Court's decision upholding the legality of offshore detention, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Australia have written to the Prime Minister to express deep concern for the wellbeing and ongoing care of asylum seekers and refugees who have been in Australia for medical assistance.
In a clear sign of solidarity, Josephites have joined with churches and other religious congregations to offer sanctuary to asylum seekers facing deportation to Nauru.