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Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Human Rights: Snapshot Report (2nd Edition) 2017

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National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention - Index

National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention 2014. Hearing transcripts, submissions and expert reports now available.

Rights Talk: Refugees with Disability – Overlooked and Underserved

In this week’s Rights Talk, Nujeen Mustafa, advocate for refugees with disability together with Shantha Rau Barriga, Human Rights Watch’s founding disability rights division director, talked with Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow about the difficulties faced by refugees and asylum seekers with disability.

Commission releases immigration detention inspection reports

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the reports of its inspections of the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (CIIDC) and Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation (BITA) facilities.

These reports follow the Commission’s inspections of the CIIDC and BITA facilities in mid-late 2017.  The CIIDC, which has since been placed into contingency, is a high-security detention facility located on Christmas Island, a remote territory of Australia approximately 2,650 kilometres north-west of Perth.

Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2017

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The Commission considers that the broad application of restrictive measures such as those proposed in the Bill may lead to unreasonable limitations on human rights in some circumstances. In particular, the proposed power for the Minister to declare items prohibited in immigration detention facilities may lead to restrictions on the possession of items that do not present a significant risk to safety and security.

The Commission considers that the broad application of restrictive measures such as those proposed in the Bill may lead to unreasonable limitations on human rights in some circumstances. In particular, the proposed power for the Minister to declare items prohibited in immigration detention facilities may lead to restrictions on the possession of items that do not present a significant risk to safety and security.

Australian Human Rights Commission Inspection of Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation: Report (2018)

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Australian Human Rights Commission Inspection of Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre: Report (2018)

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Media Statement - Children on Nauru

The Australian Human Rights Commission urges the Australian Government to address growing concern about the health and wellbeing of refugees and asylum seekers subject to third country processing.

The Commission acknowledges that the Australian Government is working to address the health needs of children and families on Nauru.

Through its regular inspections of immigration detention facilities in Australia, the Commission has met with a number of children, families and individuals who have been transferred to Australia from Nauru and Manus Island for medical treatment.

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.