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Council supports walk for refugees and asylum seekers

20 March 2017

Council is supporting the Melbourne 2017 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice on 9 April which aims to achieve more humane policies for people seeking asylum and refugee status.

In endorsing its support of the goals of the walk, Council also thanked the Refugee Advocacy Network and the 2017 Palm Sunday Organising Committee for their efforts in organising the event for people of all faiths and from all walks of life to show their support for refugees and the humane treatment of them.

More than 15,000 joined the walk in 2016 and organisers are hoping for an even bigger attendance this year. They are encouraging people to bring banners and messages of support to the walk which will begin at 2pm from the State Library.

Yarra supports of refugees and asylum seekers having been a Refugee Welcome Zone since 2002, and being one of the first local governments to join this initiative. This means that Council is committed to welcoming refugees into the community, upholding the human rights of refugees, demonstrating compassion for refugees and enhancing cultural and religious diversity in the community.

Council adopted its own Refugee and Asylum Seeker Statement in 2005, which outlines Yarra’s commitment to a respectful and compassionate approach to Asylum Seekers.

In 2010, Council voted to permanently display the Welcome Banners to Refugees and Asylum Seekers from three town hall sites – Collingwood, Fitzroy and Richmond, and continues to do so.

To further reinforce its commitment to refugees, in August 2016 Council voted not do business with companies who derive profit from contracts in the detention centre industry.

For further information on the Melbourne 2017 Palm Sunday Walk for Justice visit

https://www.facebook.com/palmsundaywalk/

 

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