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Justice and Peace Commission Statements on Manus Island

The Catholic Justice & Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Brisbane and the Catholic Diocese of Auckland Justice and Peace Commission have both released statements calling on the Australian Government to end the crisis on Manus Island by bringing all 600 refugees and asylum seekers to Australia immediately.…

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A joint Catholic statement on the humanitarian crisis on Manus Island

November 8, 2017A week after the official closure of the Manus Island detention centre, more than 600 refugees and people seeking asylum languish inside, unsafe and uncertain about their futures.After forcibly transferring the men to Manus Island in 2013-2014, the Australian government and its sub-contractors have now abandoned…

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More than 600 men on Manus Island deserve sanctuary in Australia

The more than 600 men at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre must be spared further emotional and physical harm and resettled in Australia or suitable third countries, says Jesuit Social Services.“More than 600 men are directly impacted by the closure of the Manus Island detention centre today,…

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The injustice dished out to refugee families

12th October 2017By Andrew Hamilton SJFamilies divided across the globe have often been an unconsidered side effect of Australia’s refugee policy. When Australia welcomes refugees and people seeking asylum generously, there can still be a long delay in being reunited with family members overseas. When the attitude to…

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This treatment of people seeking asylum is unacceptable

Dear friends,On Migrant and Refugee Sunday we awoke to the announcement that around 100 people seeking asylum, brought to Australia for medical reasons, were to have their income support stopped and their government supported accommodation vacated in 3 weeks. This is the first group and it is likely…

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Enough is enough

The people on Manus Island who sought protection in Australia must in decency be brought to Australia. Enough is enough. The protests at the cutting of services on Manus Island, the leaked conversation between the Australian Prime Minister and the United States President and most recently the death…

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Tragedy on Manus highlights need to #BringThemHere

The tragic death of a 31-year old man in immigration detention on Manus Island should finally force the Federal Government’s hand to #BringThemHere, says the Catholic Alliance for People Seeking Asylum (CAPSA). “There have been so many horrifying stories and tragic events within Manus Island and Nauru, and…

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Manus shooting calls us to do better

29th May 2017Fr Andy Hamilton SJIn recent weeks we have been shown the suffering inflicted on people who seek protection in Australia. We should hold them in our hearts.  The horror of the attack by PNG soldiers on refugees on Manus Island on Good Friday and the shameful…

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