1. We are campaigning to get all children, together with their primary carers and accompanying families, out of immigration detention centres (IDCs) and into existing community support structures.
This includes all unaccompanied children in IDCs. Our motivation is humanitarian and non-political.
2. We are opposed to the mandatory detention of asylum seekers and are particularly concerned about conditions under which children are detained, denied access to basic education and opportunities to play and develop.
Physical, emotional and developmental damage caused by continued detention is well documented. Some children are on anti-depressants, others are or have been on hunger strikes. One has sewn his lips together in protest at his treatment. Many suffer from Immigration Detention Stress Syndrome as documented in Lancet, the prestigious British medical journal. Release from detention is our primary aim. Our secondary aim is to make lives in detention more tolerable through outside contact, learning, play and entertainment.
3. We also seek to correct inaccurate media coverage of asylum seekers and counter widespread misinformation.
Pejorative terms - such as 'illegal immigrants' and 'queue jumpers' - are used in the media and help justify harsh Government policies. In our view, once acquainted with the facts of detention Australians of good conscience will react as we do - with indignation, compassion and action.
Postal Address: Friends of Children in Detention,
PO Box 811, Neutral Bay, NSW 2089 Australia
Email Address: email@example.com
Web Site: http://www.chilout.org/index.html
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