FEBRUARY 4, 2016.
While we respect the High Court ruling of yesterday in relation to off shore detention, Islamic Council of Queensland is deeply disturbed by the lack of humanity and compassion in our country’s refugee policy.
We are particularly concerned about the situation of 267 people including women and babies, who were brought to Australia for urgent medical treatment.
It is our understanding that despite the high court’s decision, Government can decide against sending these innocent people including 33 babies to Nauru. Most of these children were born in Australia and their families have faced enormous hardships over the last few years. Since their detention they have faced further atrocities like physical abuse, mental torture and sexual abuse including rape.
Our community organisations including faith based organisations have expressed their disapproval of such inhumane policies and have shown great leadership in providing support to asylum seekers.
We urge the Australian Government to reflect the character of our people and our nation in dealing with these vulnerable human beings. If we allow these inhumane policies to continue, our future generations may have to apologise once again for historical mistakes.
We urge the Prime Minister and the Immigration Minister to allow 267 people to live in Australia and experience the love and compassion of Australians.
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