Statement Concerning Homeless World Cup Players
10Th December 2008
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre asks the media to respect the privacy of the players who may be seeking legal advice about their future.
Publicity at this stage of the process can jeopardise their application for asylum as well as place their families at risk in their countries of origin. This is a very stressful time as they make decisions about their future in a climate of fear and
uncertainty. We ask the media to show consideration for these people in this situation and not to pursue them.
When Australia hosts international events, it is to be expected that people from refugee producing countries who may have a refugee claim would seek asylum. This is lawful and in line with our obligations under the Refugee Convention.
People following the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games and World Youth Day have asked for asylum and their claims have been processed with the appropriate outcome.
On this 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is worth remembering that everyone has the fundamental right to seek asylum from persecution.
Contact Pamela Curr ASRC Campaign Coordinator 0417517075