Uniting Church condemns abuse of asylum seekers

Rev Elenie Poulos

Rev Elenie Poulos

The Uniting Church in Australia has strongly condemned the continuing and systematic abuse of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia by boat and those being held indefinitely in unsuitable offshore detention centres.

The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Rev Prof Andrew Dutney said that the Government’s inhumane treatment of 157 Tamil asylum seekers had plumbed new depths of cruelty.

“The revelations about what happened to the Tamil asylum seekers while they were detained on a Customs vessel are truly shocking,” said Rev Prof Dutney.

“Capturing people on the high seas, detaining them in harsh conditions and then threatening to set them to sea without experienced navigators or sailors, demonstrates a level of hysteria on the part of the Government that is extremely disturbing.”

Rev Elenie Poulos, the National Director of UnitingJustice Australia (pictured) said such abuse of children in Australian Government care was inexcusable.

Read the full statement here


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