UCA Stands for Mercy

04 February 2015

The Uniting Church in Australia has joined churches, NGOs and others in voicing concerns about Indonesia’s resumption of the death penalty.

UCA President Rev. Prof. Andrew Dutney is one of 14 organisational leaders who’ve written to both the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia and to the Australian Foreign Minister, expressing grave concerns for at least 11 people facing imminent execution.

UnitingJustice has written to the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and the Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Najib Riphat Kesoema, seeking mercy for those facing iminenent axecution in Indonesia.

This Joint Statement calls on the Government to not rush through legislation, as it requires more public consultation.

More than 60 organisations have come together to write to the Attorney General encouraging the Australian Government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

The Uniting Church in Australia has signed an open letter to the Attorney General, the Hon. George Brandis, calling on him to abandon the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act. Over 120 organisations have written to express their concern that the proposed changes are unnecessary and would undermine current protections against racial discrimination.

The Uniting Church in Australia has called on the Abbott Government to drop its proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.

Joint letter to the Attorney-General: Australia must retain strong and effective protections against racial vilification.

Letters were sent to the Prime Minister and Attorney-General in support of the removal of powers to discriminate against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons from the Bill. 

UnitingJustice Australia was one of a number of community organisations from across Australia calling on the Government to pass the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 through parliament by the end of June 2013.

The National Director of Uniting Justice Australia Rev. Elenie Poulos has called on the Gillard Government to give its newly created National Children’s Commissioner real power to protect vulnerable children, particularly children in immigration detention facilities.

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