Those are innocent people we are locking up

The Australian Independent Media Network

Time to treat asylum seekers as we would like to be treated, says James Pateras in this passionate guest post.

As young children we were taught to treat others how we would like to be treated. Sadly, in a haze of misleading political propaganda where the redneck vote is wrongly considered so important we as Australians seem to have forgotten this basic principle.

Asylum seekers are people fleeing from immense persecution and danger. They are often fleeing for their lives and the lives of their family, yet when they reach Australia we treat them like criminals. If you were in a similar situation, if you were fleeing for your life, how would you want to be treated?

Aside from the immorality of treating asylum seekers the way we do, our treatment of these people is also on shaky legal ground.

The 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees

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