Posts Tagged ‘Asylum Seekers’

800-hour church service saves family from deportation Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Under Dutch law, police officers are not permitted to enter a church while a religious service is taking place. So, for more than a month, hundreds of pastors and volunteers from across the Netherlands conducted a non-stop 800-hour church service in support of an Armenian family whose asylum claim has been rejected. Continue reading Related Read more

Plea for NZ to save families on Nauru Comments 0

Monday, August 20th, 2018

World Vision is calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to offer to immediately resettle all 119 children and their families who are detained in Nauru. Plea to save families on Nauru: ‘This is an emergency for those children’ Continue reading Related Posts:Seriously ill Nauru refugee begs NZ PM for helpArdern’s efforts too little, too late Read more

Catholic groups deplore law barring asylum for violence victims Comments 0

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Catholic groups have reacted strongly against new law enforcement measures that will prevent asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence applying for protection in the United States. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says US asylum laws cannot be used to remedy “all misfortune.” This is even in cases where a person may be threatened with Read more

Father took his life after separated from his family at the border Comments 0

Monday, June 11th, 2018

A Honduran father separated from his wife and child suffered a breakdown at a Texas jail and killed himself in a padded cell last month, according to Border Patrol agents and an incident report filed by sheriff’s deputies. The death of Marco Antonio Muñoz has not been publicly disclosed by the Department of Homeland Security, Read more

More than 700 children taken from their parents at USA border Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

This year on the Mexico-United State border, immigrants coming into the United States, even those applying for asylum at ports of entry, have been having their children taken from them. According to data prepared by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), from October 2017 to April 2018 more than 700 children were taken from adults Read more

A symbol of inhumanity: asylum seeker policy in Australia Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

If you had been told thirty years ago that Australia would create the least asylum seeker friendly institutional arrangements in the world, you would not have been believed. In 1992 we introduced a system of indefinite mandatory detention for asylum seekers who arrive by boat. Since that time, we have accepted the idea that certain Read more

Manus: Take up New Zealand’s offer, says Australian bishop Comments 0

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

The Australian Bishops’ Delegate for Migrants and Refugees says the Australian government should accept New Zealand’s offer to take detainees on Manus Island. “It is time to find an alternative and conscionable solution, including accepting New Zealand’s offer of resettlement and bringing the remaining detainees on Manus Island to Australia,” said Bishop Vincent Long Van Read more

Brigidine Sister sounds alarm about lack of support for mentally ill Comments 0

Monday, October 9th, 2017

A 72-year-old Brigidine sister, Jane Keogh, is on Manus Island where she has been trying to help a mentally ill man at the East Lorengau Transit Centre. She says there is no help available for people suffering from mental illness. Last week an apparent suicide of a Tamil detainee was closely followed by that of Read more

Manus Island detainees moved to Port Moresby Comments 0

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A growing number of detainees is being transferred from Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island to Port Moresby with the understanding they will not be returning to the detention centre. The Australian-run facility is due to close by the end of October but the PNG government is worried it will be left to care for about Read more

Christmas Island Catholics visit Fiji to catch up with their kin Comments 0

Thursday, July 6th, 2017
Christmas Island

Catholics from Christmas Island have been in Fiji for the first time to rekindle their kinship with the assistant parish priest at Lomary Parish Father Peniata Bakatete, a Christmas Islander who has been in Fiji since 2008. Bakatete Koririntetaake, who comes from Christmas Island and lived in Fiji for some time, said the group had Read more