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Commission calls for seriously ill Nauru children to be transferred

The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling on the Federal Government to urgently transfer any seriously unwell asylum seeker children – and their families – from Nauru to Australia. 

The Commission notes several recent cases where the Federal Court of Australia has consistently found the health care services currently available on Nauru did not meet the needs of children with complex physical and mental health conditions.

Changes to asylum seekers’ rights not justified: Commissioner

A law that would retrospectively make hundreds of asylum seekers ‘unauthorised maritime arrivals,’ is inconsistent with human rights principles, the Human Rights Commissioner has told a Senate Committee.

Commissioner Edward Santow on Monday made oral submissions to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee about the Migration (Validation of Port Appointment) Bill 2018.

Commission releases immigration detention inspection reports

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the reports of its inspections of the Adelaide Immigration Transit Accommodation (AITA) and Perth Immigration Detention Centre (PIDC) facilities.

The AITA and PIDC are small facilities, each with a maximum capacity of fewer than 50 people. They are intended to be used for short-term detention, such as in cases where a person is due to be rapidly removed from Australia.

Review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds

Summary

The Australian Human Rights Commission makes this submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration in its inquiry into ‘review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds’.

The Australian Human Rights Commission makes this submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Migration in its inquiry into ‘review processes associated with visa cancellations made on criminal grounds’.

Pathways to Protection: A human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea

Date

Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015

 

1 Introduction

1. The Australian Human Rights Commission makes this submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee in relation to its inquiry into the Australian Government’s Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth) (Bill).

Use of force in immigration detention facilities

Date

Senate Estimates February 2015

The Commission appeared at a Senate Estimates hearing of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on February 24.

President Gillian Triggs tabled a letter she sent to the Senate Committee on 10 December 2014 that set out a timeline of meetings with ministers about children in detention issues. 

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 to children, I am very eager to find out where they will end up. Their release marks an important moment at which it is acknowledged that stopping the boats is not contingent on detaining children.

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 before the Inquiry is the Hon Chris Bowen MP, who was the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship from September 2010 until February 2013.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend as observers. Details for the hearing are as follows;