Catholic refugee body calls for wider inquiry
The Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office (ACMRO) has added its weight to calls for a wide-ranging inquiry into Australia's refugee detention centres.
Immigration Minister, Phillip Ruddock recently announced an internal department inquiry into allegations of abuse and misconduct at South Australia's Woomera detention centre. The inquiry comes in the wake of child sexual abuse allegations.
The Catholic Weekly reports that ACMRO head Fr John Murphy said he was in favour of the inquiry being extended to all Australia's refugee detention centres, administration of which was outsourced to US company Australasian Correctional Management in 1997.
In the light of the disturbing allegations that have been made about conditions at refugee detention centres, ACMRO has drawn attention to the Jubilee Charter of the Rights of Displaced People released in June at the Jubilee Celebration for Migrants and Refugees.