Thursday, May 02, 2013

See, Judge, Act on Children in Detention

One of the most  interesting sites out there in social media land is the Media Blog for the Australian Catholic Bishops.Sadly it is also one of  the most neglected if you go on the  lack of comments to the posts. As well as an easy read site, the blog includes a handy list of tags for quick reference to topics covered.

The latest entry is worth sharing and supporting to raise awareness of the tragic effects of  detention on Refugee children and Asylum Seekers. It seems that we need more resources such as this given the public position of Catholic politicians such as Tony Abbott who continue to ignore Catholic Social Teachings on Refugees and Asylum Seekers.I hope one of the participating schools will invite politicians from both sides of the Parliament to visit them when they are on "Detention" during this campaign.

Media Statement from Australian Young Christian Students
Australia is facing a crisis against children our age.
1000 children are without proper access to education
1000 children are being imprisoned.
1000 children are without their basic human rights, outlined in the Conventions Of The Rights Of The Child, a UN document Australia signed in 2000.
1000 children are currently being held in immigration detention in Australia and just off our coast.
As a high school student of Australia, I find this totally unacceptable.
YCS is standing with Catholic Mission, Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, Uniting Justice, Catholic Religious Australia and Chilout collectively in the Coalition- End Child Detention Australia- to show solidarity with those facing immigration detention. This May, we are all inviting you to undertake a ‘Detention4Detention’ doing a voluntary lunchtime detention with other high school students all around Australia to provide asylum seekers with a message of hope, and a welcome to our country. We will be asking students to take action by signing a petition and taking photos in support.
We have produced a resource that we ask you use and can access at
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