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Archive for April, 2015

Call for immediate moratorium on sending asylum seekers offshore

24th April 2015

Asylum seekers and refugees have legitimate fears for their safety, and the Australian Government has not implemented meaningful changes to detention conditions at Nauru or Manus Island to ensure they comply with both its own commissioned reports as well as Australia’s obligations under international law.

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Excising the Rule of Law

21st April 2015

A bill, the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015 is currently working its way through Federal Parliament. This would allow those working in detention centres, including immigration officers or, more usually, private contractors, to use against those in their care, ‘such reasonable force as the authorised officer reasonably believes is necessary’ to do anything from protecting themselves or a person in their charge to moving such a person from one place to another.

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Media Release: JRS deeply concerned over return of 46 Vietnamese asylum seekers

21st April 2015

Without a proper assessment, the government cannot determine whether it is safe to return asylum seekers to their country of origin. The swift and clandestine assessment of asylum seekers in transit and en route to Australia represents an unprecedented departure from this country’s already-punitive asylum protocol.

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