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Amnesty Calls For More On World Refugee Day


Caring organisations around Aotearoa New Zealand will be
holding fundraisers and community hui this weekend to mark
World Refugee Day 2021.

As COVID-19 pushed pause on
essential global refugee programmes, Amnesty International
is calling for a re-prioritisation from Government of its
Refugee Quota system, of the Community Sponsorship of
Refugees programme, and for an end to its practice of
placing people seeking asylum here in criminal justice
facilities.

Amnesty International Executive Director
Meg de Ronde says that whilst it is welcome that the Refugee
Quota system has resumed, there is more to be
done.

“We would like to see a tangible plan from
Government that shows an effort to make up for the missed
families who haven’t been able to come here under our
Quota system or the Community Sponsorship of Refugees
programme due to COVID-19. We know the global refugee
situation has only worsened and those families who’ve
missed out are still waiting in limbo with unknown futures
ahead. They are seeking refuge from violence; they deserve
solace and an opportunity to rebuild their lives free from
persecution.”

De Ronde says some people who have
sought asylum in Aotearoa New Zealand are still ending up in
criminal justice facilities despite an Amnesty International
report showing multiple human rights breaches in the
process.

“The report clearly established the
Government repeatedly violated the human rights of people
seeking asylum. We found that at every stage; at the border,
the police cells, to prison itself, that the Government
failed to ensure basic rights to a fair process. The system
is flawed, and as our report shows, causes further harm.
This practice of sending people seeking refuge to criminal
justice facilities must
stop.”

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