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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...
Wednesday 5 September 2018
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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...
Tuesday 4 September 2018
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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...
Tuesday 31 July 2018
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We can and must do better for refugees

Australia must respect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in the community, as well as ensure they are protected in detention, Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow says.Speaking on World Refugee Day, Commissioner Santow said Australia is...
Wednesday 20 June 2018
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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...
Wednesday 20 December 2017