3 October 2006


The work of the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education was highlighted recently in an interview with director of the Centre Phil Glendenning published in the Catholic Weekly The interview was also featured in the daily news bulletin CathNews

In the interview the work of the Centre on behalf of refugees was highlighted.

"Displaced and stateless people, some of the poorest and most marginalised people on the planet, might be turned from our shores but they cannot be forgotten” said Mr Glendenning.

"Because they’re out of sight they’re out of mind, but in a civilised country and certainly for a Catholic social justice organisation it’s beholden on us to ensure that those people are not forgotten" he added.

The Centre has been involved in a fact-finding mission over the past three years, investigating the fate of asylum seekers deported from Australia. The project, undertaken in collaboration with the School of Education at the Australian Catholic University, resulted in the controversial 'Deported to Danger' report released in August to ABC's Lateline and based on a trip to Afghanistan in July.

The report claims that genuine refugees from Afghanistan have been denied asylum in Australia – resulting in the deaths in Afghanistan of nine men and three children of former asylum seekers that could be verified. The full report can be read on the Centre's website

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