Chairman of Children's Rights International and Former Chief Justice of the Family Court, Alastair Nicholson discusses the plan to send up to 1000 asylum seekers to Cambodia on the ABC program, Lateline 18/08/2014.
(Courtesy of ABC - Lateline 18/08/2014)
A copy of the interview can also be viewed on the ABC website (click here to view the interview of the ABC website)
Australia’s Shame – the Detention and Abuse of Child Asylum Seekers.
The ongoing imprisonment of hundreds of children in Australian detention centres both on and offshore is a direct consequence of Australian government policy. It flies in the face of international opinion, contravenes the rights of children and is a shameful departure from human decency. Operation Sovereign Borders aims to block as many asylum seekers from coming to Australia as possible and to make those who reach Australia suffer so terribly that others will be deterred from making the attempt. While this policy may appeal to the more fearful and racist among us and garner votes for whichever political party is seeking election, internationally Australia is perceived as a selfish nation lacking humanity and compassion.
Lecture Room GM15
Melbourne University Law School
185 Pelham Street Carlton
5.15 - 7pm, Thursday 28 August
Would those wishing to attend register at email
or by telephone at 96704122, with name and contact details.
For more information see the Asylum Seeker Seminar brohure
Wednesday 18th June 12.30PM-1.30PM
Ella Latham Auditorium, Royal Children's Hospital
Refugee Week is Australia's peak annual activity to raise awareness about the issues affecting refugees and celebrate the positive contributions made by refugees to Australian society. Refugee Week is held from Sunday to Saturday of the week that includes 20 June (World Refugee Day).Read more: Who is minding the children?
On Palm Sunday (April 13th 2014), CRI joined approximately 10,000 other people at the March for Refugees in Melbourne. Board Members Chas Alexander, Frank Meredith and Garry Warne were joined by a number of CRI members. As powerfully articulated by key speakers, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young of the Australian Greens and the Reverend Alistair McRae of the Uniting Church, the policy that CRI strongly supports is that all Australian refugee detention camps should be closed immediately and the detainees released, with support, into the Australian community while their applications for asylum are being processed. CRI is especially concerned for the future of the 1100+ children who are in Australian detention centres. Under Australia’s “protection”, they are locked up in closed communities where many people, out of despair and anger, are behaving violently towards themselves and others and where the risk of death and disease is high. CRI will campaign on behalf of children in detention to ensure that their human rights to freedom, education, normal family life, health care and self-determination are respected. CRI deplores the current mandatory offshore detention policy of both major parties. Change is urgently needed.