This briefing focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on asylum seekers holding Bridging Visas (BVs “A”, “C” and “E”), and refugees on Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEVs) and Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs).
It has been seven years since the Australian government announced that anyone who arrived in Australia by boat to seek protection would be taken to offshore processing centres. This report provides a snapshot of where Australia is at, seven years after the July 2013 announcement.
The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) aims to improve how people’s human rights are protected when they are detained. The Australian Human Rights Commission believes that there needs to be greater momentum in...
The audit objective was to assess whether the Department of Homes Affairs has appropriately managed the procurement of garrison support and welfare services for offshore processing centres in Nauru and PNG (Manus Island).
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs claims that in the first months of the Coalition Government, the time children spent in immigration detention "was reaching quite exceptional levels"
The president of the Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, claims that under international law, children should not be detained for longer than absolutely necessary for health and security checks.
The practice of moving detainees around Australia’s immigration detention network is doubly unjustifiable on economic and humanitarian grounds
After much negotiation, the Morrison Government has secured the repeal of the medical evacuation law – known as “medevac” – after making a secret deal with Senate cross-bencher, Jacqui Lambie.
This report explores the human, economic and strategic cost of Australia’s current policies which seek to deter asylum seekers from migrating to Australia by sea. It examines the impact of these policies in a domestic, regional and global setting, and provides a set of alternatives...
The issue of the use of force in immigration detention has been raised in a range of complaints against the Department of Home Affairs received by the Australian Human Rights Commission. This report deals thematically with 14 complaints.