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New dose of cruelty: up to 7000 asylum seekers to lose income support

31 March 2018 | Ben Doherty

The federal government has outlined its plan to cut income support from up to 7,000 asylum seekers living in Australia from June, in a move lawyers and refugee support groups say could leave people destitute, hungry and at increased risk of self-harm, writes Ben Doherty for The Guardian.

Government policies and the torture of refugees

31 March 2018 | Spencer Zifcak

Nils Melzer is the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment. Recently, he presented a damning report to the UN Human Rights Council on the subjection of refugees across the world to torture. Melzer’s fundamental contention was this. The primary cause for the massive abuse suffered by refugees globally is neither migration itself nor organized crime. 

Slavery-free Easter chocolate

30 March 2018 | ACRATH

Children as young as 12 are picking cocoa in West Africa to make the chocolate we eat. Some of these children are trafficked. Most are forced to pick cocoa from an early age for minimal or no wages, for long hours, in dangerous working conditions, without any possibility of attending school. Most of these children have never tasted chocolate and they never will.

Jesuits to give a “Sri Lankan face” to reconciliation

30 March 2018 | UCANews

Children’s education must be a priority to help the war-torn nation heal. Helping a fractured and war-ravaged nation put itself back together through reconciliation has become a top priority for priests serving the Society of Jesus (SJ) in Sri Lanka.

More on Manus

29 November 2017 | Frank Brennan SJ

The CEO of the Australian Social Justice Council, Frank Brennan SJ, names what is happening on Manus Island a “humanitarian disgrace” and calls on both the Australian government and the Labor opposition to bring the 600 men on Manus Island to Australia for processing.

Australia’s refugee policy comes under more UN fire

29 November 2017 |

The UN’s top expert on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions has included criticism of the Australian Government in a scathing global report condemning deterrence-based responses to people seeking asylum.

Martin Luther on today’s refugee and migrant crises

29 November 2017 | Leopoldo A. Sánchez M.

According to the United Nations, more than 65 million people (23 million of them refugees) are counted as forcibly displaced due to persecution, war and violence. More than half are children under the age of 18. We need to revisit the views of this 16th-century reformer on hospitality now more than ever.

Church leaders condemn Trump ending of DACA

30 October 2017 | Kevin Clarke

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in the United States is the latest to come under the Trump axe. 

Faith leaders at odds over raising Rohingya issue during pope’s visit to Myanmar

30 October 2017 | John Zaw

The Catholic Bishop's Conference of Myanmar (CBCM) have suggested to Pope Francis not to use the term "Rohingya" when he visits Myanmar for three days in November. 

Indonesia speaks up as global support for Rohingya grows

30 October 2017 | Katharina Lestari

Asia's biggest Muslim state to send aid and build hospital in Myanmar's Rakhine State

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