Australia’s decision to forcibly return 31 Sri Lankan nationals to Colombo last night was based on a flawed process that fails to ensure Australia is not breaching its international human rights obligations by returning genuine refugees.
The group were deported without any proper assessment of their need for protection, a procedure the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has described as ‘enhanced screening’.
Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, Daniel Webb, said that the Department’s increasing reliance on ‘enhanced screening’ is a shortcut designed to deliberately sidestep processes under Australian law that safeguard against returning genuine refugees.
11 May 2013
Friday 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The Human Rights Law Centre is proud to be supporting the No To Homophobia campaign to spread the message that there is no place for homophobic attitudes in modern Australia.
Australia’s opposition to the death penalty should extend beyond its borders, the Human Rights Law Centre has said ahead of Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s visit to Papua New Guinea tomorrow.
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Promoting equality and addressing discrimination
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Ensuring police use of force and the investigation of police related deaths is consistent with international human rights standards
Advancing implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Preventing and responding to violence against women
Promoting human rights though Australian foreign policy
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A justice reinvestment approach to criminal justice in Australia would provide a valuable framework to prevent crime and promote community safety, reduce imprisonment rates and deliver associated social and economic benefits for the broad community, according to the Human Rights Law Centre.
The decision by the Department of Immigration to forcibly return 20 Sri Lankan nationals without properly assessing their refugee claims, a process known as ‘screening out’, deliberately bypasses processes under Australian law designed to safeguard against the return of genuine refugees to places where they face torture and human rights abuses.