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June 9, 2015

Free the Children June 15 Day of Action

The Australian Coalition to End Immigration Detention of Children  (ACEIDC) is coordinating a National Day of Action on Monday June 15th 2015 across Australia, as part of #refugeeweek2015.

Add your voice. All children deserve to have their rights protected and promoted. Only by putting an END to immigration detention of children, can we ensure that the human rights of children fleeing persecution are upheld. Let’s #Freethechildren.

Joanne McCarthy in Today’s Newcastle Herald

My priority is to get children out of detention. Whether it’s our Indigenous youth or the children of refugees they need help not more punishment. Whether you agree with stopping the boats or not, the children shouldn’t be punished — it’s as disgraceful as charging children with their own neglect in Australia. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse means there is no longer the pretence of ignorance — we know only too well what these children will suffer for the rest of their lives. Stop the Detention of Children.

In case you don’t know about the horrific treatment of children who have already experienced and seen more than any child should have, here is a Submission to clarify:

Submission:
Free the Children National Day of Action

Free the Children National Day of Action

Free the Children National Day of Action

 

Abuse survivors speak up for kids in detention in Newcastle Herald  Congratulations to Joanne McCarthy for expressing the problem so well in her article–and to the survivors who despite their own anguish choose to speak up on behalf of kids in detention. Graham Rundle: 44 A Tale of Survival

What you can do to help

227 asylum seeker children remain locked away in Australia’s immigration detention centers. The profound, negative impacts of indefinite detention on the health and development of children is comprehensively documented, and unacceptable.

Through this social media campaign, we can demonstrate that Australians care about the lives of all children, and that children should be accommodated with their families where possible, in the community, while their immigration status is being resolved.

Australia already has existing, workable and humane alternatives to locking innocent children up –  these should be expanded for all children rather than a select few.

Join us in calling on the Australian Government to cease the immigration detention of children, consistent with its obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Refugee Convention.

Add your voice. All children deserve to have their rights protected and promoted. Only by putting an END to immigration detention of children, can we ensure that the human rights of children fleeing persecution are upheld.

Let’s #Freethechildren.

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