Refugees treatment is ‘cruel and shameful’

20 June 2016 - 11:45am
Press release

War on Want is protesting today against the inhumane and unacceptable treatment of refugees by the UK and Australian governments.

Vicki Hird, Director of Policy and Campaigns at War on Want, said:

“The treatment of refugees by the UK and other countries is cruel and shameful.  For too long western nations have fuelled conflict through invasions and occupations in the Middle East and by promoting the deadly arms trade, yet they continue to ignore their culpability in creating a global crisis where one in every 113 people is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.”

The protest outside Australia House, on UN World Refugee Day, is one of many in solidarity with the ongoing protests of refugees detained by the Australian government on Nauru and Manus Island.

Hird continued:

“We demand the closure of Australia’s offshore 'processing centres', the release into the Australian community of all people seeking safety there, and an end to Australia's disgraceful practice of forcing refugees and asylum seekers to return to the country from which they have fled to escape persecution.”

 

Notes to editors

For further information and interviews contact Ross Hemingway 07983 550 728.

Event: World Refugee Day Protest: Safe Passage Now! Australia House, The Strand, WC2B 4LA at 1pm https://www.facebook.com/events/498143983709284/ 

A new report released today by the UN Refugee Agency reveals a total 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015, compared to 59.5 million just 12 months earlier. On average 24 people were forced to flee each minute in 2015, four times more than a decade earlier, when six people fled every 60 seconds. One in every 113 people globally is now either an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee. http://www.unhcr.org/uk/news/latest/2016/6/5763b65a4/global-forced-displacement-hits-record-high.html   

Self-immolation: desperate protests against Australia's detention regime http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/03/asylum-seekers-set-themselves-alight-nauru

Manus Island detainees launch high court bid to be moved to Australia http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/may/04/manus-island-detainees-launch-high-court-bid-to-be-moved-to-australia

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