painted image of detained child behind wire fence, grasping it

Have you spent time as a child in an immigration detention facility? Or know...

The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting an inquiry into the impact of immigration detention on children, and we would like to hear the voices of people who have had direct experience of detention. The Commission particularly wants to...
Wednesday 12 March 2014
Navi Pillay at Human Rights 2011 event by the Australian Human Rights Commission

Human rights chief addresses Manus violence

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will raise concerns about the Manus Island processing centre in her upcoming annual statement to the Human Rights Council.In her address, Dr Pillay will say that the recent violence “underscored the...
Thursday 6 March 2014
Child Drawing from Manus Island detention centre. 'My mum is crying and I am sad'. Image credit: Flickr GreensMPs

We can't 'outsource' our moral obligations to these people

This story appeared as an opinion piece in The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday 22 February 2014. Events on Manus Island have graphically and tragically brought to the attention of the Australian public the inappropriateness of the...
Saturday 22 February 2014
Tents in Manus Island detention centre

Time to rethink offshore processing of asylum seekers

While the facts are unclear about how the violence at Manus Island detention centre began, the Commission has reiterated its position that asylum seekers who arrive in Australia should not be sent to third countries for processing. Asylum seekers...
Thursday 20 February 2014
painted image of detained child behind wire fence, grasping it

Inquiry announced: Time to reassess children held in immigration detention

Ten years ago, the Australian Human Rights Commission produced its report, ‘A Last Resort? National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention’. When that National Inquiry was announced, there were over 700 children in immigration detention....
Monday 3 February 2014