Commission says Vivian Alvarez-Solon needs support

The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission of Brisbane is calling for support for Vivian Alvarez-Solon, the Australian woman who was wrongfully deported to the Philippines four years ago.

Its call follows approaches from local Filipino Australian groups who have been preparing for Ms Alvarez-Solon's return to Australia.

Commission Executive Officer Peter Arndt asked Catholics to write to the Prime Minister urging his government to offer a just and adequate package of support to Ms Alvarez-Solon so that she can return to Australia.

"We understand that Vivian was set to fly back to Australia on 14 June, but that the failure of the Australian Government to offer her the assurances of support she needs resulted in her decision to remain in the Philippines," Mr Arndt said.

"Local Filipino groups are upset that the Government will not make a commitment on the sort of support it will provide Vivian on her return," he said. "It is only offering to fly her back without giving her guarantees about the provision of accommodation, care and income."

"Vivian is a sick woman who was dealt a grave injustice four years ago and she is entitled to obtain appropriate care and support without delay," he said. "This is not about compensation which can be sorted out after Vivian returns; it is about ensuring that Vivian will be looked after properly when she returns."

Various Filipino groups have already made arrangements for volunteer support for Vivian when she returns. Mr Arndt said it is "not asking too much for the Australian Government to also make appropriate arrangements for her care and support before she comes back".

"We urge people to write to Mr Howard and ask him to offer Vivian an adequate package of support and care so that she can come back to Australia without delay," he said.

Commission Calls for Support for Vivian Alvarez-Solon (Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane 27/6/05)

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Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, Archdiocese of Brisbane | Immigration and Action Resources
Vivian Solon (Wikipedia)

29 Jun 2005