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 […]
We have just gotten word that the Federal Magistrates Court has found that it has no jurisdiction to hear these appeals. The case of the first Tamil asylum seeker has now been taken to the High Court but we have not received any indication of when a decision will be made or if the Australian […]
By Kirsty Needham, The Age. From http://www.theage.com.au/national/refugee-reviewer-biased-20111209-1onua.html:
The Federal Magistrates Court has ruled that a reviewer who rejected the refugee claims of a large number of Afghan boat arrivals appeared to be biased, taking an “inflexible and mechanical” approach to the plight of Hazara ethnic minorities fleeing persecution. Refugee approval rates for Afghan asylum seekers fell […]
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