Organisers hope people will show their support for a fair and welcoming society and the closure of Manus and Nauru centres by joining the third annual Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees to be held on Sunday, April 14.
Now we need to get all asylum seekers off Manus and Nauru.- Elizabeth O'Hara
People from across Australia will come together to stand up for refugees and Armidale's meeting will begin in Central Park at 11am. It will then walk through the Beardy Street Mall and return to Central Park to hear this year's speakers.
In the run up to the federal election, this year's walk for justice will help deliver a message to all politicians that we want a fair society that welcomes refugees.
Organiser Elizabeth O'Hara said it took over five years, but almost all children are now off Nauru.
"Now we need to get all asylum seekers off Manus and Nauru," she said.
"Australia's treatment of refugees continues to be inhumane and unjust with more than 1000 people on Nauru and Manus are still languishing offshore, with no prospects for permanent resettlement.
"The US deal will not provide for all of these people and they need to be brought to safety. Many of the children and families from Nauru are now held in detention centres here, or in community detention. Over 16,000 people are still on Bridging visas in the community, with uncertain futures."
Ms O'Hara called on Australians to stand up for a fair and welcoming society by joining Armidale's Palm Sunday Walk for Justice for Refugees.
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