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This report contains an overview of key observations and concerns arising from the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inspection of the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (CIIDC) in August 2017.
The rationale for the Commission undertaking such inspections is to identify problems in the way that detainees’ human rights are being protected and to suggest ways of addressing those problems. Hence, while the report is balanced and points to some good practices, its primary focus is on issues of concern identified by the Commission. The report reflects conditions as they were at the time of the inspection.
The Commission also raised a number of additional issues with the Department of Home Affairs (Home Affairs) and facility staff during, and subsequent to, the inspection, including individual cases of concern. In the period since completing the inspection, the Commission has continued to liaise with Home Affairs regarding identified issues and concerns.
The Commission acknowledges the assistance provided by Home Affairs and the Australian Border Force (ABF) in facilitating the Commission’s inspection. The Commission is grateful to the staff of Home Affairs, the ABF and detention service providers who assisted the Commission team during the inspection. A draft of this report was shared with Home Affairs in advance of its publication, to provide an opportunity for Home Affairs to respond to the identified issues.