Christmas Island detention centre

New Mothers on Suicide Watch at Christmas Island

The Australian Human Rights Commission holds grave concerns for the welfare of asylum seekers, particularly mothers and children on Christmas Island after visiting detainees for a second time as part of its National Inquiry into Children in...
Thursday 24 July 2014
Photo: drawing of asylum seeker boat by child in Immigration Detention

Australia’s obligation to people seeking asylum who are intercepted at sea

The Australian Human Rights Commission does not have accurate information about an asylum seeker boat that was reportedly intercepted off Christmas Island last week. Nonetheless, the Commission reiterates the fundamental human right enshrined in the...
Friday 4 July 2014
hands holding barbed wire

Commission again raises serious concerns about Migration Act Amendment

The Australian Human Rights Commission is disappointed that the Federal Parliament  has passed changes to the Migration Act that would have the practical effect of refugees spending the rest of their lives in immigration detention if they receive...
Friday 16 May 2014
Child in immigration detention behind a fence

Inquiry team visits distressed children on Christmas Island

The Australian Human Rights Commission has made its first visit to children in immigration detention as part of its national Inquiry to see how detention impacts on them.Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs recently returned from Christmas...
Monday 24 March 2014

Asylum seekers and refugees high on agenda when Australian and Indonesian...

Recently, a meeting was held in Sydney between the Commission and the Human Rights Commission of Indonesia, Komnas HAM, providing both organisations the opportunity to renew our close relationship and deepen the mutual respect and cooperation...
Tuesday 18 March 2014