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Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Mr IB and Mr IC v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Home Affairs) (2019)

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Mr BP, Ms BQ and Miss BR v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Home Affairs) (2019)

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Use of force in immigration detention

Fourteen complaints about the use of force in immigration detention form the basis for a comprehensive thematic report by the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Parliament
today.

 
The report considers the practices of handcuffing detainees, use of physical force within centres including arm and elbow locks, operations conducted by the Emergency Response Team (ERT), and the use of face masks.
 

Media statement: Use of force in immigration detention

Fourteen complaints about the use of force in immigration detention form the basis for a comprehensive thematic report by the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Parliament
today.

 
The report considers the practices of handcuffing detainees, use of physical force within centres including arm and elbow locks, operations conducted by the Emergency Response Team (ERT), and the use of face masks.
 

Court finds asylum seekers entitled to fair process

Up to 71 asylum seekers who missed out on making an application for a protection visa were still entitled to a fair assessment of their claims the Full Federal Court has held.

The Court accepted submissions from the Australian Human Rights Commission that an internal process established by the Department of Home Affairs should have provided them with procedural fairness.

Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019

1. Introduction

  1. The Commission makes this submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (the Committee) in relation to the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the Bill) introduced by the Australian Government.

Ms HM and Master YM v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Home Affairs)

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Human Rights Commissioner on the ‘Medevac law’

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has given evidence to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee hearing on the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 – a Bill that would repeal the so-called ‘Medevac law’.

Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

Summary

Transferring asylum seekers to third countries does not release Australia from its obligations under international human rights law. The Commission considers that the removal of the medical transfer provisions by this Bill would be inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, specifically the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Transferring asylum seekers to third countries does not release Australia from its obligations under international human rights law. The Commission considers that the removal of the medical transfer provisions by this Bill would be inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, specifically the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Commissioners call for compassionate approach for Tamil family

Australian Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow have today written to Minister David Coleman, calling for an urgent and compassionate resolution for the Tamil family detained in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

“Given their connection to Australia, showing compassion and allowing the family to stay together in the only community the children have known since birth is in those children’s best interests,” said Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell.