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Australian bishop laments treatment of asylum seekers

Catholic World News - January 21, 2011

An Australian bishop has called upon the nation’s government to offer more humane living conditions to those seeking political asylum.

“The federal government must ease the suffering of asylum seekers in remote facilities waiting for their claims to be assessed,” he said. “The pastoral work of the Church shows how the crowded conditions in detention for long periods simply adds to the trauma of being forced to flee persecution and danger in their homelands. At the end of the day, the facilities at Curtin are still barbed-wire encampments set in the midst of an inhospitable environment. At its best it represents a punitive response to a global social problem involving millions of displaced people.”

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