Detained Forever Without Knowing Why
Australia is detaining over 30 people for undisclosed reasons. They are recognised as genuine refugees who cannot return home. But Australian authorities will not release them due to secret claims made against them by Australia's security agency ASIO. Without being told the grounds for their detention, they cannot challenge the accusations against them - a grave injustice.
After 5 years in detention, these people exhibit serious, irreversible psychological harm and some are suicidal. In August 2013, the UN found their detention is illegal and lacks judicial safeguards, and that their treatment is cruel, inhuman and degrading. The UN says they should all be released, offered rehabilitation and compensated. Crucially, Australia is obliged to change its migration legislation to conform with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
These gross violations of human rights causing immense human suffering warrant your most urgent and concerted attention. Please act immediately to end these abuses and ensure they are not repeated.
This will be sent to:
The Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP - Prime Minister
The Hon. Julie Bishop MP - Minister for Foreign Affairs
Senator George Brandis - Attorney-General
The Hon. Peter Dutton MP - Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Copies will also be sent to:
Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP - Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs
Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC, MP - Shadow Attorney-General
The Hon. Richard Marles MP - Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
These gross violations of human rights causing immense human suffering warrant your most urgent and concerted attention.
Please act immediately to end these abuses and ensure they are not repeated.