St Vincent de Paul Society says people seeking refuge welcome here
Mr Graham West, National President, and Dr John Falzon, Chief Executive, issued the following statement on the Syrian Refugee Crisis this morning:
“The St Vincent de Paul Society National Council of Australia urges the Australian government to show moral leadership in its attitude to the plight of Syrian refugees and to all people seeking refuge.
“We call on our political leaders to accept our obligations under international law to protect the rights of all people, especially those who are fleeing war and persecution and who need our help.
“We ask our political leaders to take a bipartisan approach to ending Australia’s brutal and costly regime of offshore processing and mandatory detention of people who have come to us with nothing but their memories of war and persecution and a tiny nugget of hope.
“We join NGOs such as Oxfam, World Vision and Save the Children in asking that, in the light of recent events in Europe, we show moral leadership as a nation by immediately welcoming an additional 30,000 people from Syria seeking refuge
“We warmly welcome the example of nations such as Germany that have opened their hearts to human need rather than playing politics with people on the brink of despair.”
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