Cover - Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights

Asylum seeker policies raise human rights issues: report

The Commission has released its Asylum seekers, refugees and human rights: Snapshot report 2013 which highlights the significant gap between Australia’s human rights obligations under international law and our current treatment of asylum seekers and...
Tuesday 22 October 2013
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‘Excision Bill’ passage undermines human rights

The Commission is disappointed that federal Parliament has passed the Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012 .This legislation extends the system of third country processing to all asylum seekers who arrive...
Thursday 16 May 2013
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Curtin: children should not be kept in detention

The Commission has urged the federal Government not to detain asylum seeker families at high security immigration detention facilities. Additionally, where they are granted bridging visas to live in the community, they should be provided with work...
Wednesday 8 May 2013

Right to merits review for refugees

The Commission has urged the federal Government to adopt two of the recommendations made by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs in its report on the Migration and Security Legislation Amendment (Review of Security...
Friday 3 May 2013

Complaints from asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

The Solicitor-General of Australia has recently provided advice on the jurisdiction of the Commission in relation to complaints from asylum seekers detained on Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Accordingly, the Commission wishes to clarify...
Wednesday 6 March 2013