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Thursday, 01 September 2011 13:17

Australian Churches Call for a Humane Bipartisan Approach for Asylum Seekers

The Government is urged to ensure that the human rights of all refugees and asylum seekers are safeguarded. We therefore ask the Government to meet Australia’s responsibilities by:

1. treating asylum seekers humanely regardless of how they arrive in Australia,

2. processing asylum applications expeditiously, and

3. accommodating and processing in Australia asylum seekers who reach Australian territory.

Tara Curlewis said “The churches once again remind the Government and all Australians that asylum seekers are not illegal immigrants and have rights under international law to seek protection from persecution. Australia has committed, as a signatory to the Refugee Convention, to assess each asylum seeker case according to agreed criteria and take this commitment seriously.”

 

Media Enquiries: (02) 9299 2215 Rev Tara Curlewis is available for Interview

 

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