Refugees group to meet

REUNITED: Members of the Compassion and Justice for Refugees - Upper Spencer Gulf group will be meeting on August 16.
REUNITED: Members of the Compassion and Justice for Refugees - Upper Spencer Gulf group will be meeting on August 16.

The Compassion and Justice for Refugees - Upper Spencer Gulf (CJR) group is set to meet for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, and are on the lookout for new members

The organisation consists of people from many different backgrounds who all care about helping others, especially refugees.

Even though they have had no physical contact, the group has remained active by sending funds to organisations that assist refugees and asylum seekers such as the National Asylum-Seeker Resource Centre and the Welcome Centre in Adelaide.

CJR Spokesperson Jenny Kkondylas said refugee families were under a lot of stress and uncertainty with little, or no income, and a reliance on charity.

"These people cannot return to their country of originality because of fear of imprisonment or death. There are about 550 families living in Adelaide with only temporary visas and limited financial support," she said.

In the past year members of Compassion and Justice for Refugees have written letters to parliamentarians and government senators.

They have contacted Papau New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape to enlist his support to send refugees in detention to New Zealand.

They have also sent support letters for the Biloela Family, who are stranded on Christmas Island, having been detained there since 2018.

There is also a new initiative from Rural Australian for Refugees (RAR) to join a newly formed Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative similar to the one in Canada which the group has been supporting.

Two of the members of Compassion and Justice for Refugees talk fortnightly about the problems of refugees with other members of Rural Australian for Refugees in a teleconference.

One member is on a national zoom panel consisting of RAR members and lawyers of the Human Rights Centre in Sydney, to draft an Australian Charter of Human Rights.

"It is hoped if we have an Australian Charter of Human Rights the Australian government may take notice. This would assist both refugees, asylum seekers and many citizens as well," Ms Kondylas said.

If you are interested in human rights you may be like to attend the next meeting of Compassion and Justice for Refugees. It will be held on Sunday, August 16 from 3pm at St Teresa's Church Hall.