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Use of force in immigration detention

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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

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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’.

Inspection of Villawood Immigration Detention Centre Report

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Inspection of Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre Report

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Commission releases Villawood and Yongah Hill inspection reports

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its inspections of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC) and the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre (YHIDC).

The inspections revealed significant differences in conditions and the treatment of people in detention between the two facilities.

The Commission observed the extensive refurbishment of the Villawood detention facility has significantly improved conditions in most accommodation compounds, when the facility was inspected in April.

Inspection of Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre

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Inspection of Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation Report (2017)

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