Child Drawing from Manus Island detention centre. 'My mum is crying and I am sad'. Image credit: Flickr GreensMPs

We can't 'outsource' our moral obligations to these people

This story appeared as an opinion piece in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 22 February 2014. Events on Manus Island have graphically and tragically brought to the attention of the Australian public the inappropriateness of the...
Saturday 22 February 2014
Tents in Manus Island detention centre

Time to rethink offshore processing of asylum seekers

While the facts are unclear about how the violence at Manus Island detention centre began, the Commission has reiterated its position that asylum seekers who arrive in Australia should not be sent to third countries for processing. Asylum seekers...
Thursday 20 February 2014
painted image of detained child behind wire fence, grasping it

Inquiry announced: Time to reassess children held in immigration detention

Ten years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission produced its report, ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’. When that National Inquiry was announced, there were over 700 children in immigration detention....
Monday 3 February 2014
The Island of Nauru from the air

Asylum seekers on Nauru must be protected

In light of the current challenges faced by the Nauruan legal system, Commission President, Gillian Triggs, has reiterated her calls for all asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island to be returned to Australia.“As the Commission has continued to...
Tuesday 21 January 2014
Child's hand grasping wire fence

TPVs part of an inhumane system

The Australian Human Rights Commission was pleased to see that the motion to disallow the Migration Amendment (Temporary Protection Visas) Regulation 2013 was successful. The Commission is of the view that refugees should be granted permanent...
Tuesday 3 December 2013