Coalition of NGOs and charities calls for children to be brought to Australia by 20 November
A coalition of some of Australia’s biggest humanitarian and human rights organisations have given the federal government a deadline to get all asylum seeker and refugee children off Nauru, as the health and safety crisis on the island worsens.
World Vision, alongside more than 30 other organisations and advocacy groups, has called for parliament to bring the more than 120 children and their families to Australia or settled in a safe third country by Universal Children’s Day on 20 November.It follows a unanimous motion passed by the Australian Medical Association’s federal council on Saturday, calling for the government to “act urgently to guarantee the health and wellbeing” of the children and their families.
The coalition includes World Vision New Zealand, the Australian Council for International Development, the Refugee Council of Australia, St Paul’s Anglican Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Australian Lawyers Alliance, and the Australian arms of Save the Children, Oxfam, Amnesty International and Plan International.
“We are calling for common sense, for courage, for compassion and for leadership from our political leaders to resolve this situation,” World Vision Australia’s chief executive Claire Rogers said in Canberra on Monday.
“This harmful, secretive, and dysfunctional system of detention must end.”
Two-year-old Roze is held on Nauru. Her parents say she is sociable and likes to play outside, but there is no place for children to play in Nauru. Her family has been in Nauru for five years. Photograph: World Vision