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Commission statement on Australia’s response to Afghanistan crisis

A statement from the Australian Human Rights Commission: The Australian Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the human rights situation in Afghanistan, heightened by the attacks on Kabul airport overnight, and the corresponding impacts on the Afghan diaspora in Australia.

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Commissioners call for compassionate decision on Tamil family

Australia's Human Rights Commissioner and National Children's Commissioner have welcomed the release of the Murugappan family from closed immigration detention on Christmas Island into community detention. However, the decision does not resolve the family’s long-term future. The Commission has long...

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Immigration detention and human rights

Last updated 6 January 2016 The human rights of people who are in immigration detention are of special concern to the Commission. Liberty is a fundamental human right, recognised in major human rights instruments to which Australia is a party, including the International Covenant on Civil and...