NEDA endorses the position taken by the multicultural and community sectors and urges the Australian Government to allow the asylum seekers facing removal back to offshore detention centres to stay in Australia.
NEDA is of the strong opinion that the government has a duty to ensure the safety and wellbeing of these 267 vulnerable people, including 37 babies and 54 children.
NEDA President, Mr Suresh Rajan stated ‘allowing these asylum seekers, some of whom were born in Australia, to stay, is not only the moral thing to do: but it is also in line with our human rights obligations’.
‘Australia has the capacity and responsibility to provide a safe haven and to immediately process asylum seeker applications. We are all well aware of the horrors these people are likely to experience if they are sent to an offshore detention facility. The impact of this has been well documented by a number of medical and mental health practitioners. Effectively, we are creating the mental health and psycho social issues for us as a society into the future’, said Mr Rajan.
NEDA is also disappointed with the national leadership on this issue and urges both major political parties to reconsider their stance on offshore processing and current asylum seeker policies.
NEDA calls upon individual members of parliament to take a personal stance that is more reflective of Australia’s human rights expectations.
For further information, please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on 0413436001.