Human Rights Commissioner's Foreword:
Everyone has the right to seek asylum and be free from persecution, regardless of how or in what country they arrive. It is not illegal to seek asylum. This fundamental right is protected in international law by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Refugee Convention.
The Commission continues to play an active role in protecting and raising awareness of this essential human right. For decades, the Commission has worked in Australian law, policy and practice relating to asylum seekers, refugees and immigration detention. This includes investigating complaints, conducting inquiries and reporting on immigration detention.