International human rights day - education not detention

Thursday, 10 December is the anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and is earmarked as International Human Rights Day.

Recent tragic global events have again highlighted the need to show compassion for refugees around the world. Australia, and its unions, must be part of that response.

The latest statistics October 31 show that there are currently 95 children held in Australian funded detention facilities in Nauru and 112 children held in detention facilities on Australia’s mainland.

The average time spent in detention, according to the Government’s own statistics, has now reached 434 days, which is quite simply – unacceptable.

 Federation is calling on its members to take action on this day to highlight the fact that not everyone has equal access to education—in particular, those children currently in detention centres on Australia’s mainland or offshore Australian funded detention centres.

Please take the opportunity on Thursday, 10 December to send a message to our Prime Minister that we are morally and legally obliged to provide for children in our care. 

Click here to print out a sample sign to hold as part of the image you could tweet.

Tweet an image with the hashtag
#EducationNotDetention to @TurnbullMalcolm
on Thursday, 10 December to voice your support

If you do not have a twitter account please post your image with the hashtag #EducationNotDetention on Facebook. 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, the main international treaty for children, is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in the world.

Australia has a duty to ensure all children in Australia enjoy the rights set out in the treaty.

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