The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) joins in the chorus of Australian organisations calling for an end to children in detention within Australia, Nauru and Manus Island.
Following the release of the report by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, the ICV is disgusted that the current government would rather secure political points than do the right thing and uphold its obligations as a signatory to the UN 1967 Protocol (Refugees Convention).
Children are our most vulnerable members of society and must be protected, without exception. A reasonable society must value each and every child, regardless of the national origin of those children.
Under the Abbott Government, hundreds of children have experienced prolonged detention, with the average time spent in detention rising to more than 14 months by December 2014.
ICV spokesperson Kuranda Seyit said, “We are calling upon national unity and cooperation in ending these draconian measures. A child is an innocent entity, every child has a right to be free to develop and reach their full potential, to have access to education and grow up surrounded by a friendly and supportive environment, not barbed wire and security guards.”
At the public hearings conducted as part of the inquiry, previous Ministers for Immigration Chris Bowen and Scott Morrison both acknowledged that the detention of children was not an effective mechanism for deterring boat arrivals or preventing deaths at sea.
It’s time to say enough is enough and remove this blight on Australia’s human rights record and challenge the current government’s mentality on this issue, based on our sense of compassion and shared responsibility.
For further comments or information please contact ICV Media Spokesperson Kuranda Seyit 0412 318 045 |