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Manus Island refugee concerns

In 2018, Australian Quakers remain deeply concerned about the safety, health and welfare of asylum seekers and refugees located on Manus Island. The movement of the refugees from the Australian Government’s Regional Processing Centre to other facilities near Lorengau continues to expose them to the threat of violence from the local community. The Lorengau facilities offer less protection for the refugees than previously, where several detainees were attacked and assaulted by PNG locals. At Lorengau, the detainees are subject to further psychological trauma, living with the constant fear of violent attack or robbery. We urge the Australian Government to give effect to its obligations under the Refugee Convention. While approximately 80 eligible asylum seekers have so far been resettled in the United States, the Government should take greater steps to speed up this process, and to reconsider the resettlement offer recently renewed by New Zealand. Australia’s response should end the dehumanising and cruel treatment of the Manus Island refugees and asylum seekers. We call for the implementation of humane solutions, informed by compassion.

Quaker Peace and Legislation Committee
Australia Yearly Meeting
February 2018

 


Australia Yearly Meeting in Adelaide

AYM Epistle 2017

Ta Marra, open hands Ta Marra, open hands
Greetings from Australia Yearly Meeting 2017 where we were welcomed to the beautiful lands of the Kaurna people among the sand dunes at Adelaide Shores Beach in a moving dialogue between Kaurna Elders and Friends.
We gathered from meetings across Australia and with overseas Friends; mid-winter sun gracing our days and a full moon our first night. Amid a ‘community of cottages’, our children, young people and adults engaged with each other and the ocean environment, deepening the impact of Earthcare and other like ministries over our week-long program, the complete Epistle as a downloadable pdf

Quakers highlight dissent, courage and conscience in World War 1 exhibition

Dissent and opposition to the war, and to preparations for the war, are highlighted in a World War 1 centenary exhibition entitled 'World War 1: Quaker witness to peace and nonviolence'.