ACCJ Statement on Afghanistan and refugees in Australia
The Australian Council of Christians and Jewsexpresses its solidarity with the people of Afghanistan at this time whentheir human rights are threatened.
We express our deepest sympathy withthe families of Afghan background in Australia and embrace them with our solidarity . Wecall on people of all faiths and none to redouble our opposition to all forms of discriminationrooted in bigotry and prejudice, whether based on religion, race or gender.
Wecall on the Australiangovernment toimmediately ensure there is a pathway for refugees to seek security in Australia and the nations neighbouring Afghanistan.
We call upon ourgovernment to expediteefforts to securesafe passage for Afghan citizens who assisted Australian troops in their task in Afghanistan.
Weurgeour leadersto break the silence on Afghanistan by voicing their support for Afghan civilians and spell out the nature ofAustralia’s commitment to peace in Afghanistan.
We urge the Australiangovernmentto grant and distribute aid to Afghan civilians in neighbouring countries.
Wecall for the Australian government to enact its obligations under the 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol.
Now is the time for a blanket extension of temporary protection visas to safeguardAfghan nationals in Australia,on Manus Island,and Nauru.
We urge the government to grant humanitarian visa pathways to protect those not privileged with such protection.
We urge Australia to follow its Commonwealth partner, Canada,and provide support for at least 20,000 refugees from Afghanistan and to pressure other governments to accept Afghan refugees.