Skip to main content

Search

Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Risk management in immigration detention (2019)

Date

Commission recommends changes to risk management in immigration detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission has urged that any significant restrictions imposed on a person held in immigration detention, including the widespread use of restraints like handcuffs, must be tailored to individual circumstances and risks.

Risk management in immigration detention report released

Any significant restrictions imposed on a person held in immigration detention, including the widespread use of restraints like handcuffs, must be tailored to individual circumstances and risks, according to a new report released by the Australian Human Rights Commission today.

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

Summary

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)

Date

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

Date

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.