Senate Committee concludes that violence at Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island was 'eminently foreseeable'

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee today released its report into the violence inside Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island that led to the death of 23-year-old Iranian man Reza Barati and the serious injury of 70 others in February this year. Here's the HRLC's response...

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Joint statement with Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International calling on Australia to stop forced-returns without proper screening

The Australian government should cease forced returns of Sri Lankan asylum seekers until they are provided fair, thorough, and transparent processing of their protection claims, Amnesty International, the Human Rights Law Centre, and Human Rights Watch said today. On November 29, 2014, Australian authorities turned over to Sri Lankan authorities a boat carrying 37 asylum seekers.

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Australia must take action to improve its compliance with Convention Against Torture and Ill-Treatment, says UN Committee

The United Nations Committee Against Torture has overnight condemned Australia’s asylum seeker policies and expressed serious concerns at the rates of violence against women and indigenous imprisonment.

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New migration Bill would allow Government to breach international law and sideline the courts say leading human rights organisations

Proposed changes to migration laws would widen the Immigration Minister’s power, marginalise international law and wind back the ability of Australian courts to scrutinise the Government’s treatment of asylum seekers, leading human rights organisations will tell the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee today.

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