scmo_banner_news.jpg


| 01st July 2005 | Modified: 16th October 2014 | Christianity, News Releases | Seen 55 times | Liked 0 times

1 July
Jul 1
1st July 2005

Statement on Zimbabwean Asylum Seekers From Bishop Peter Moran  

The Archbishop of Bulawayo, Archbishop Pius Ncube was recently awarded the first Robert Burns Humanitarian Award. In his acceptance speech at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, he raised his concerns about the forced return of ˜failed asylum seekers to Zimbabwe saying;  

˜It also saddens me that the British Government since September last year has embarked on forced repatriation of Zimbabweans who are asylum seekers. They fled from harassment, torture, and a threat to their lives and they will be made to suffer when they are returned. Some Zimbabweans are handcuffed, jailed and badly treated here in Britain. And as Great Britain is a highly respected country in the world, I am afraid that this attitude will be followed in other wealthier Commonwealth countries, as happened with the imposition of the visa on Zimbabweans in November 2002. I plead that you be patient with Zimbabweans till the situation normalises.  

The Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Scotland has grave concerns about the whole asylum system but we wish to highlight our concerns about the situation facing Zimbabweans seeking asylum today. We think that there is a strong case for a moratorium on returns. We hope that the United Nations and the African Union will look into the situation and do what they can to restore respect for human rights in Zimbabwe. Reports suggest that the British government is in fact reviewing the situation or even operating a moratorium without announcing it, this would be welcome but a clear statement of government policy is required.  

Speaking earlier this month on the eve of World Refugee Day Pope Benedict XVI said that World Refugee Day s purpose was ˜to keep alive attention on the problems of those who must forcibly abandon their homeland. The theme this year, "The Courage to Be a Refugee," underlines the strength of spirit needed by those who must leave everything, at times even their families, to escape from grave difficulties and dangers. The Christian community feels close to those who live this painful condition; it exerts itself to support them and manifests in different ways its interest and love, which is translated into concrete gestures of solidarity.  

We must show solidarity with our sisters and brothers from Zimbabwe and offer a welcome to the stranger in need in our midst.  

+ Peter A Moran  
Bishop of Aberdeen  
President, Justice & Peace Commission Bishops Conference of Scotland  

For further information contact Richard McCready, National Secretary, Justice and Peace Commission on 01382 641241 or 07711 920 760  

ENDS  


Peter Kearney  
Director  
Catholic Media Office  
5 St. Vincent Place  
Glasgow  
G1 2DH  
0141 221 1168  
pk@scmo.org  
www.scmo.org  

Posted by . You can also subscribe to email updates.

Like   Back to Top   Seen 55 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Scottish Bishops ask First Minister for renewed discussions and dialogue on abortion

| 6 days ago | Blogging

Friday 17 November 2017   Scotland’s Catholic Bishops have today (Friday 17 November) published a letter sent to the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, urging her to engage in renewed discussions and dialogue on the issue of abortion.   Their letter, which is copied to Shona Robison, C...

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia & Cardinal Vincent Nichols sign joint statement on abortion

| 25th October 2017 | Blogging

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia & Cardinal Vincent Nichols sign joint statement on abortion 23 October 2017 The Presidents of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales & The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland have released a joint Statement on Abortion to mark the 50th Anniversa...

Bishop backs “Give Me Five”, Child Benefit Top-up Campaign

| 28th August 2017 | Blogging

Bishop backs “Give Me Five”, Child Benefit Top-up Campaign Monday 28 August 2017   Bishop William Nolan of the Catholic Church’s Justice and Peace Commission has backed the national launch of the “Give Me Five”, Child Benefit Top-up Campaign, to increase Child Benefit in Scotland b...

Scottish Parliament to mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero

| 25th August 2017 | Blogging

Friday 25 August 2017 Scottish Parliament to mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero.   The Scottish Parliament will mark the centenary of the birth of Blessed Oscar Romero with a visit from the US Catholic Church’s top social justice official on Tuesday, 7 November.  ...