Lo­cals stand to­gether for chil­dren on Nauru

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

COM­MU­NITY mem­bers and mem­bers from the Angli­can Parish of Euroa gath­ered to­gether on Sun­day, No­vem­ber 18 for a can­dlelit prayer vigil for chil­dren in off­shore de­ten­tion on Nauru.

The ser­vice was led by Rev Dr Michelle Wood, the Angli­can priest at St Paul’s, and com­prised of read­ing and re­flect­ing upon the UN Rights of the Child and lis­ten­ing to Syr­ian chil­dren singing in a hor­ren­dous bomb­ing sit­u­a­tion.

Some 52 chil­dren have been sub­jected to the con­di­tions of off­shore de­ten­tion on Nauru, Manus Is­land and now twenty-two are left on the Nauru await­ing trans­fer to Aus­tralia for med­i­cal treat­ment.

The group has de­cided to con­tinue to meet weekly each Sun­day at St Paul’s Angli­can church from 3-4 pm from the No­vem­ber 25 and main­tain a can­dle prayer vigil un­til all chil­dren are re­leased from Nauru.

The group will also con­tinue to pray for and re­flect on how the lives of all fifty-two chil­dren can be re­paired and re­stored af­ter the trau­mas of flee­ing their na­tive coun­tries and ex­pe­ri­ence of off­shore de­ten­tion by the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment.

All mem­bers from the com­mu­nity are wel­come to at­tend.

Uni­ver­sal Day of Chil­dren, was held on the 20 No­vem­ber and it is timely to re­flect on the UN Rights of the Child which are sum­marised be­low:

Prin­ci­ple 1: Ev­ery child shall en­joy all the rights set forth in this Dec­la­ra­tion

Prin­ci­ple 2: The child shall en­joy spe­cial pro­tec­tion, and shall be given op­por­tu­ni­ties and fa­cil­i­ties, by law and by other means, to en­able him or her to de­velop phys­i­cally, men­tally, morally, spir­i­tu­ally and so­cially in a healthy and nor­mal man­ner.

Prin­ci­ple 3: The child shall be en­ti­tled from his or her birth to a name and a na­tion­al­ity.

Prin­ci­ple 4: The child shall en­joy the ben­e­fits of so­cial se­cu­rity.

Prin­ci­ple 5: The child who is phys­i­cally, men­tally or so­cially hand­i­capped shall be given the spe­cial treat­ment, ed­u­ca­tion and care re­quired by his or her par­tic­u­lar con­di­tion.

Prin­ci­ple 6: The child, for the full and har­mo­nious de­vel­op­ment of her or his per­son­al­ity needs to be pro­vided with love and un­der­stand­ing.

Prin­ci­ple 7: The child is en­ti­tled to re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion, which shall be free and com­pul­sory, at least in the ele­men­tary stages.

Prin­ci­ple 8: The child shall in all cir­cum­stances be among the first to re­ceive pro­tec­tion and re­lief.

Prin­ci­ple 9: The child shall be pro­tected against all forms of ne­glect, cru­elty and ex­ploita­tion.

Prin­ci­ple 10: The child shall be pro­tected from prac­tices which may fos­ter racial, re­li­gious and any other form of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

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