20 October, 2016

Vinnies calls for an end to the cruelty towards asylum seekers

The St Vincent de Paul Society is urging the Federal Government to respond to the growing weight of reports and evidence cataloguing the suffering of asylum seekers and refugees at Nauru and on Manus Island.

The latest of these – ABC television footage documenting the deteriorating mental health of children residing on Nauru, along with an Amnesty International report that says Australia’s regional processing regime on Nauru amounts to the intentional torture of refugees – cannot be dismissed.

“These latest reports echo the many findings that document the cruelty of Australia’s policy of offshore processing,” the Society’s National Council CEO, Dr John Falzon, said.

The Society stands firm in its call on the federal government to abide by its legal and moral responsibility to asylum seekers and refugees.

“The ABC’s Four Corners program on Monday showed children in Nauru being forced into a sense of deep despair,” Dr Falzon said.

 “It is time we decriminalise hope and bring them here.”

 

Media contact:  Belinda Cranston 0400 845 492