Thursday, 28 October 2010

New call for end to mandatory detention

Xmas Island Detention Centre

Australia's shameful and embarrassing position as the only industrialized country to routinely imprison people for seeking asylum continues as the HRC makes yet another call for the prison camps to be closed.

"The Australian Human Rights Commission has again recommended an end to mandatory detention of asylum seekers.

The latest call coincides with the release of the Commission's 2010 Christmas Island immigration detention report.

Human Rights Commissioner Catherine Branson says despite recent decisions by the federal government to move children and families into commmunity-based detention, conditions on Christmas Island remain unacceptable."

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