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Inspections of Australia’s immigration detention facilities 2019: report

Refugees Asylum seekers Forced migration Immigration detention Human rights Australia

The Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted inspections of immigration detention facilities in Australia since the mid-1990s. This has included periodic monitoring of detention facilities across the country and inspections carried out during three national inquiries into immigration detention.

The Commission’s detention inspections assess whether Australia’s immigration detention system complies with Australia’s obligations under international human rights law. For many years, the Commission has expressed a range of concerns about aspects of the detention system, which may lead to breaches of international human rights law.

This report documents the Commission’s key observations and concerns in relation to treatment and conditions in immigration detention arising from inspections of all facilities on the Australian mainland conducted during the second half of 2019. Some of the issues that the Commission identifies are specific to individual facilities and others are systemic in nature and relevant to Australia’s network of immigration detention facilities.

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