Policy Putting Lives at Risk

"Australia's offshore policy and punitive approach to managing refugees seeking protection is putting people's lives at risk and the evidence continues to build in favor of a thorough review of current policy." Bishops Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Refugees & Migrants, Media Statement, 27 May 2014.Bishop Gerard Hanna, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Delegate for Migrant and Refugees, has called for a thorough review of Australia’s refugee and asylum seeker policies.

The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office believes that an independent report into events leading to the brutal death of Reza Barati in immigration detention on Manus Island reveals a serious failure on Australia’s part to accept full responsibility to protect those who seek refuge on its shores.

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