Melbourne Anglican Social Responsibility Committee; 4


The chair of the, the Rt Revd Philip Huggins, Assistant Bishop of the Northern Region of Melbourne, has called for asylum seekers in Australia to receive “decent treatment” from the Australian government.
… Bishop John Harrower who tweeted:
“Mr Prime Minister, Jesus weeps. Whatever you do for the least of these…”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has now warned that Australia’s policies might breach international human rights law, deflecting its responsibilities under the refugee convention. It said that PNG lacked the “national capacity and expertise” to process the applications, and that “poor physical conditions within open-ended, mandatory and arbitrary detention settings . . . can be harmful to the physical and psycho-social wellbeing of transferees, particularly families and children….
His statement comes shortly after the the United Nations Refugee Agency launched a declaration that aims to strengthen protection for the world’s refugees as well as internally displaced and stateless people, who account for more than 40 million people in the world. A number of faith-based groups, including the Office of the Archbishop of Canterbury, helped to develop the declaration. Others involved in the process include the World Council of Churches, the Jesuit Refugee Service, the University of Vienna Faculty of Roman Catholic Theology, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Evangelical Alliance