Mummy is crying and I am sad. Drawing by child in immigration detention in Australia, 2014

Commission urges detained children be released into the community

As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, I welcome the news that the Minister for Immigration has agreed to release all children and their families from detention before Christmas.Having seen first-hand the damage that detention does...
Friday 5 December 2014
Children's drawing of a child behind bars

5th Hearing Announced - Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention

On Tuesday, 9 September 2014, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, will be convening a fifth public hearing of the National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, in Sydney.The witness to appear...
Thursday 4 September 2014
Children's drawing of sad face crying

Media Statement - Children in Immigration Detention

The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, warmly welcomes the announcement by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Scott Morrison, that children under the age of 10 and their families will be...
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Christmas Island detention centre

New Mothers on Suicide Watch at Christmas Island

The Australian Human Rights Commission holds grave concerns for the welfare of asylum seekers, particularly mothers and children on Christmas Island after visiting detainees for a second time as part of its National Inquiry into Children in...
Thursday 24 July 2014
Photo: drawing of asylum seeker boat by child in Immigration Detention

Australia’s obligation to people seeking asylum who are intercepted at sea

The Australian Human Rights Commission does not have accurate information about an asylum seeker boat that was reportedly intercepted off Christmas Island last week. Nonetheless, the Commission reiterates the fundamental human right enshrined in the...
Friday 4 July 2014

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