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News February 2014

New National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 

Ten years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission produced its report, ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’. When that National Inquiry was announced, there were over 700 children in immigration detention. Today there are around 1000 children living behind the wire and steel fences of closed detention facilities in Australia.

You can find more information about the Inquiry, as well as submission forms, at

ACMRO is preparing a submission on behalf of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. We would be very interested to hear form anyone who has had experience working or living in these detention facilities and who would be willing to discuss their stories or give testimony that can be used in preparation of our submission. Please contact Joe Moloney on 02 6201 9848 or   


Rejected asylum seeker drowns in Maribyrnong River  
Media Release by African Think Tank

An asylum seeker from Eritrea drowned himself in the Maribyrnong River in the western suburb of Melbourne after receiving notification that his visa application was rejected. The young man would have likely faced deportation to his home country of Eritrea where torture and execution was almost guaranteed. Click here to read the media release…

National Lament

Prayer, Penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia 

It is a source of hope to see individuals, groups and organisations seeking to respond to what is happening in Australia for people seeking asylum. It would seem that many of us are disturbed by the punitive and harsh policies and conditions to which people seeking asylum in Australia are being subjected. 
In response to this ever worsening tragedy,  Catholic Religious Australia is launching a “National Lament”.  The National Lament is a campaign of prayer, penance and action for people seeking asylum in Australia.  We are seeking to make a Christian response to these people, rather than treating them as a “problem” to be solved. Click here to find out more... 

Companion House 2014 Fundraising Dinner

Supporting survivors of torture and trauma 

Companion House in Canberra is a not-for-profit medical and counselling service for survivors of torture and trauma. It will be holding the 2014 Fundraising Dinner at the National Press Club in Canberra on 14 March.  Details about the dinner, guest speakers and how to buy tickets are available through the invitation flyer.

Human Trafficking in the Asia-Pacific region

The menace of modern slavery

The International Labour Organisation reports that the Asia-Pacific region has the highest number of forced labourers, with 11.7 million victims. Sex trafficking of women and children is an extensive problem in the region, however the introduction of new anti-trafficking legislation has seen a rise in the number of convictions against human traffickers. Click here to read more…

Refugee Story - Linzi    

Linzi was born and lived in Zimbabwe until political violence broke out in 2008. After this she decided to escape to South Africa. The following interview records her journey through the Eastern Cape of South Africa to her final destination in Cape Town. Click here to read more...  

Refugee Council of Australia

Return to Temporary Protection Visas is punishment not deterrence  

The Australian Government has begun to grant Temporary Humanitarian Concern (THC) visas to refugees who entered Australia by boat to seek asylum. This new policy follows the Senate’s decision in December last year to disallow the regulation which reintroduced Temporary Protection Visas. THC visa holders will benefit by having access to social security and health services, work, English language training and education. Click here to read more… 

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