Every person, irrespective of age, race, gender or religion has the right to live safely, free from persecution. When applying to Australia for protection, asylum seekers should be treated with
dignity and respect and their claims should be processed with expediency.
Island of Despair
Amnesty International has released a report into conditions on Nauru. From the report:
“The conditions on Nauru – refugees’ severe mental anguish, the intentional nature of the system, and the fact that the goal of offshore processing is to intimidate or coerce people to achieve a specific outcome – amounts to torture.
As the shocking extent of the abuse on Nauru emerges, it is demolishing Australia’s international reputation.”
Click here to go to Amnesty International’s website and read the report.
Act Now on the Nauru files
The Guardian newspaper has published disclosures concerning widespread and long-time shocking abuses that have been occurring in our offshore detention centres. At BASP we hear these stories from staff and detainees on Nauru. Now they are in the spotlight and the stories of inhumanity are simply too bad to ignore. Now is the time to act while a spot light is being shed on the horror. Can you write, ring and visit as many MPs as you can.
(a) Express outrage at the abuse, and the extent of it, that is being perpetrated upon the most defenceless of people including children.
(b) Write about the humiliation experienced by all Australians, justly proud of our humanitarian history, by the widespread publicity given to these injustices in overseas news reports.
(c) Ask the Prime Minister to act decisively as he did in calling for a Royal Commission into the situation in our NT Juvenile Detention Centres
(d) Indicate your strong desire that these detention centres be closed immediately and the inmates be brought to Australia as soon as possible.
Our Voice, Their Safety
As a ceaseless women’s advocate and grant-maker focused on addressing the causes of gender based violence, the Victorian Women’s Trust can no longer remain silent about abuse on their watch.
They are compelled to make safety a priority, joining with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Brigidine Asylum Seekers Project (BASP), and Refugee Advocacy Network as well as many organisations and concerned citizens supporting safe refuge for people seeking asylum.
Through the Our Voice Their Safety campaign the Trust is calling on you and your networks to join with us in raising our voices to improve the situation of women and children on Nauru, demanding our Government endorse an alternative, humane plan for all people seeking asylum in Australia.
Visit Our Voice Their Safety for details.
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Family Support through English Teaching
We are looking for volunteers!
BASP is running a volunteer program to provide English lessons to asylum seekers in the community. Click here to learn more about the program and how you can volunteer.
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