Bishop Vincent statement on refugee death

11 August 2017
Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv. Image: Diocese of Parramatta.

Statement from Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv, Bishop Delegate for Migrants and Refugees, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

It is with sadness that we have heard of yet another death of a refugee on Manus Island. This death could have been prevented. The Australian Government has been removing support services on Manus Island since the announcement of the closure of the detention centre.

Those in the care of the Australian Government whilst in offshore processing, who have come to Australia for safety and a better life, deserve more.

I urge the Australian Government to provide support services for those who are on Manus Island, awaiting a resolution to their current situation. The Australian Government needs to listen to the concerns of these people and treat them with dignity.

People seeking asylum are currently some of the most vulnerable members of our global community. It is imperative that they are treated humanely and with dignity. These people must be provided with options for settlement in safe countries free from further persecution.

I urge the Australian Government, to be committed to its international obligations, and continue its work within the region and with non-government organisations to ensure the safety of those seeking asylum.

Whilst it is important to prevent the loss of life at sea, it is equally important to provide adequate care for those in offshore detention. The Australian Government needs to provide adequate amenities, and provide quick resettlement options.

I urge the Australian Government, to provide adequate amenities to those on Manus Island, and to endorse programs that both protect lives at sea and in its care.

Most Rev Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv
Bishop Delegate for Migrants and Refugees
Bishop of Parramatta

 

With thanks to ACBC.

  • Tony Robertson

    With people of good will I stood in King George Square, Brisbane on Friday evening and reflected on the sadness of this situation. The great sadness is that Hamed’s death could have been prevented by the very processes Bishop Long names in this statement. Thanks to the Bishop for his leadership and bold teaching on this issue. My hope is that this statement will be read, discussed and acted on in parishes and Diocese of Australia. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b63daa254881f7d2cbb686f96cf195153c8cda063fe653c0fa06f956649b63e8.jpg

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