Posts Tagged ‘Asylum Seekers’

Abbess may face landmark trial for refusing to pay fine

Monday, July 27th, 2020

A Benedictine abbess who granted refuge to female asylum-seekers faces trial for refusing to pay a fine. The trial could become a landmark case for deciding if granting church asylum amounts to the offense of “aiding and abetting illegal residents,” as interpreted by German state prosecutors. Mother Mechthild Thurmer granted refuge to female asylum-seekers in Read more

McAleese: Church makes women invisible

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Former Irish president Mary McAleese had straight words to say at a conference in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday afternoon. Under the title “The Women The Vatican Couldn’t Silence,” she spoke of asylum seekers, the role of women in the church and cowardly bishops. Beginning with the issue of asylum seekers, but without specifically referring Read more

Australians ask NZ Bishops for help settling asylum seekers

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Last month I joined with Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR) to speak at a series of public forums around the country to discuss the future for asylum seekers who remain in limbo in Papua New Guinea and Nauru. So far I have spoken in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Benalla in Read more

800-hour church service saves family from deportation

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

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:Third-rate outcomes belie government’s child poverty focusNew Zealand’s rapidly rising cost of living is Read more

Catholic groups deplore law barring asylum for violence victims

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

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

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

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

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