Yesterday, ABC News published a story detailing the plight of the Fonseka Family from Sri Lanka, and how a young girl is being denied permanent residency status because she lives with disability.
The story by ABC News can be found here:
In March last year, NEDA and Down Syndrome Australia became aware of the Fonseka family’s situation and called for action, requesting Government to reconsider its original decision. Currently, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection are still reviewing the case.
NEDA wishes to highlight that the Fonseka Family’s situation is not isolated. Australia’s discriminatory immigration policy which effectively ‘screens out’ people with disability from settling in Australia routinely negatively affects numerous migrants and refugee families and communities. This is a key advocacy issue for NEDA throughout 2015 and 2016.
‘It is extraordinary that a nation that has committed to the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disability (UNCRPD) continues to have a Migration Act that is exempt from the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act’, said NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan.
“The Fonseka case is one of many such cases that we have dealt with in recent times. We continue to emphasise that this is a blot on the record of Australia as a humanitarian nation and we urge the government authorities to act to remedy this immediately” Mr Rajan added.
NEDA urges the Government and Minister Dutton to overturn the decision and to bring about a just outcome for the Fonseka Family.
For further information please contact NEDA CEO Mr Dwayne Cranfield on: 02 62626867 or NEDA President Mr Suresh Rajan on: 0413436001.