Refugee advocates fear that a charter flight leaving Christmas Island today (around midday Christmas Island time) is removing Sri Lankan asylum seekers to Colombo.
“We have grave concerns that the government has screened out some of the Sri Lankan asylum seekers who arrived at Geraldton nine days ago and is removing them today from Christmas […]
The Australian Human Rights Commission says the policy under which asylum seekers are being held on Nauru is a breach of international law and is considering taking the case to the UN Human Rights Committee.
Tensions are escalating on the Pacific island with reports a large group of asylum seekers have joined […]
The Refugee Action Coalition is demanding an inquiry into the Federal Police’s role in the investigation of the assault and subsequent charging of two Burmese refugees, Habib and Basir, after a Darwin roof-top protest in August last year.
The two refugees were bashd in their room following the protest and taken to the punishment compound […]
The two asylum seekers charged with assaults on Serco guards in the NIDC in 2011 have been found not guilty of throwing rocks at the officers. Abdul Basir was also found not guilty of biting a Serco guard, after successfully arguing self-defense. Habibrahman was found guilty of punching an officer and will be sentenced on […]
By Amy Bainbridge, Lateline, ABC. From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-05-23/high-court-challenge-to-refugee-asio-assessments/4029480
A human rights lawyer has lodged papers in the High Court in a bid to challenge asylum seekers’ detention on the grounds of adverse ASIO security assessments.
The case argues refugees should have the right to an independent review of their security assessment.
It follows a similar recommendation […]
By Kirsty Needham, Sydney Morning Herald. From http://www.smh.com.au/national/without-hope-without-reason-20120113-1pzei.html.
Legitimate refugees, including toddlers, are imprisoned indefinitely. Only ASIO knows why and it will tell no one, writes Kirsty Needham.
“I live like a dead man walking,” says Suvenran Kathirdamathambi, or “Sutha”, 32. “This is supposed to be the golden period in anyone’s life – […]
By Jarad Owens, The Australia. From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/immigration/harsh-penalties-for-boat-crew-target-wrong-people/story-fn9hm1gu-1226233592962.
Nine Australian judges have now criticised laws imposing mandatory five-year jail terms on the crew of asylum-seeker boats, with the latest saying the harsh penalties target the wrong people, condemn their children to “extreme poverty” and have no deterrent effect.
Sentencing two impoverished Indonesian fishermen this month, […]
Justice had one small win today as just a few hours before a Tamil father was due to be returned to Sri Lanka, his deportation order was stopped by the Hight Court.
Refugee Rights Action Network has been working feverishly all week to assist in blocking this crime.
Friday the Federal Magistrates court dismissed an […]
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