NO to Indefinite Offshore Detention

Australia's inhumane detention centre on Nauru was emptied in July 2023. However, there are distressing reports indicating the government plans to refill it. On February 16, 2024, a group of people seeking safety arrived near the former West Australian church mission of Beagle Bay, sparking a significant response from Australian media and politicians over the weekend.

Once again, refugees and asylum seekers have become politicised and are being used as pawns in a political game. Offshore detention is one of Australia’s most enduring and brutal policies, involving the detention of people in the Pacific while they await resettlement in a third country. This policy has caused immense suffering to individuals and families, while also placing significant pressure on the Australian economy and taxpayers. Furthermore, it has proven to be ineffective.

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Celebrating World Day of Social Justice

On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly declared that, starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice. Proponents argue that promoting decent work and a fair globalization agenda focused on fundamental rights, employment opportunities, social protections, and constructive social dialogue between governments, employers, and workers is key to putting social justice at the core. The Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education as a centre dedicated to advocacy and social justice stands in solidarity with others on this day recognising the importance of fairness and equitable treatment in work and the global economy. Click here for further information on the day.

Help end the war in Gaza

The Israeli Defense Forces are preparing for a ground invasion of Rafah, an area in the south of Gaza which 1.4 million Palestinians currently inhabit, many of them having fled from the north of Gaza to what they thought would be a "safe zone". According to the United Nations, a quarter of the population in Rafah is currently facing starvation. The consequences of a ground invasion would be catastrophic. We feel that we cannot watch this situation passively and need to lend our voice and your voice to speak up and do what we can to prevent further bloodshed. For this reason we urge you to sign our Call to Action and share it with your friends, family and networks. 
Click HERE to send an email to your local MP either in your own words or the template email provided on the linked page to advocate for strong diplomatic action by the Australian Government to help end the war in Gaza.

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