Refugees

Heartbreaking drawings by asylum seeker refugee children held in Australia’s detention centres, as the Head of Immigration faces reveals there are 652 kids in detention

The third hearing into the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry on asylum seeker and refugee children will be held in Sydney on Thursday

An inquiry was launched in February by the Australian Human Rights Commission into children held in Australian detention centres The third public hearing started in Sydney on Thursday Children aged four to 17 desperately plead for their release through their drawings Australia is holding 659 children in immigration detention, the commission has heard. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison is also set to ... Read More »

Immigration Minister ‘needs to be better advised’ on harm to children in detention says Human Rights Commission President

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Watch Full Interview here The evidence of harm to children in immigration detention is unequivocable and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison ‘needs better advice’ on the issue, according to the President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs. Transcript SARAH FERGUSON, PRESENTER: The President of the Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, presided over today’s hearing. She’s leading the commission’s ... Read More »

Child detention slammed at inquiry

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CHILDREN of asylum seekers have been sent to offshore detention as a deterrent strategy and have been deprived of medication, mental health care and adequate clothing, an inquiry has heard. DOCTORS, aid workers and former government officials have given damning testimonies about the treatment of children in Australia’s immigration detention centres to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) inquiry. The ... Read More »

Stonewalling Morrison Suddenly Finds Voice On Eve Of Kids In Detention Inquiry

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Scott Morrison, famed for dodging media, launches a broadside on the eve of a high level inquiry into his treatment of children in detention. Max Chalmers reports. Scott Morrison has used a rare one-on-one television interview to attack the credentials of Australian Human Rights Commission President Gillian Triggs, as her organisation’s National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention continues to present ... Read More »

On asylum seekers, international law can’t hold back this government

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We’re not in a linear ‘race to the bottom’, of worse and worse breaches of international law, but a major historical era defined by border panic and cruelty  Jump to comments In Australia’s immigration detention debate, each cruel new invention in the politics of deterrence is inevitably described as a new low, a lurch or shift to the right, or as government policy having hit rock ... Read More »

Human Rights Commission compels workers caring for asylum seeker children in detention centres

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Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs is using her powers to compel witnesses to appear at a hearing into children in immigration detention. Professor Triggs has been refused permission to visit Nauru to inspect conditions for asylum seekers and their children, but she has been to the centre at Christmas Island. To overcome the problem of not being allowed to ... Read More »

An open letter from a reluctant refugee

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For years I was a closet refugee in Australia, and have watched as that word took on a cruel meaning: queue jumper, liar, terrorist. We need a new way to define us refugees, writes Thu-Trang Tran. This flurry of words has been in the making for two decades. They poured as I read story after story of our Government’s ruthlessness. ... Read More »