The Taskforce is supporting the following campaigns:
SANCTUARY FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS
The granting of Sanctuary is a strong and pivotal act of civil disobedience on the part of the church. It derives from the ancient power of the church to give ‘Sanctuary’ and offer protection from the authorities to those most vulnerable who are in fear of their lives.
Following a field trip by Taskforce and Act for Peace staff to several Tamil refugee camps in India, this month we will feature articles and resources that attempt to analyse the complexities related to Sri Lankan asylum seekers and refugees.
The Taskforce is fighting for a fair go for the 40 asylum seekers currently in indefinite detention after an adverse ASIO assessment. These people have committed no crime, have not been charged, and yet some are facing their sixth year of detention, with no hope for release. Alaghun (not his real name) is one of these people.
OPPOSING REGRESSIVE CHANGES TO COMPLEMENTARY PROTECTION
The Migration Amendment Bill 2013 seeks to overturn the current complementary protection regime. The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce is deeply concerned about the Bill and asks that the Parliament reject the legislation in its current form.
This campaign and High Court challenge seeks to protect babies who are born in Australia, to mothers who are in detention facilities awaiting their refugee claims to be determined. The current government have deemed these babies to be Irregular Maritime Arrivals, even though they are born on Australian soil and have Australian birth certificates. With the pro bono support of law firm Maurice Blackburn, we’re fighting for a fair go for these babies.