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In a 4:3 split decision, the High Court has found that the Australian Government’s secretive high seas detention of 157 Tamil asylum seekers on board a customs vessel was not a breach of Australian domestic law.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser, said that while the outcome was disappointing, the case had succeeded in bringing vital legal scrutiny and transparency to the government’s actions at sea.

The High Court will tomorrow hand down its decision on a legal challenge to the Australian Government’s high seas detention of 157 Tamil asylum seekers on board a customs vessel for nearly a month.

The Victorian Government should implement justice policies aimed at reducing Victoria’s soaring imprisonment rates, the Human Rights Law Centre has today recommended in a submission to the Victorian Ombudsman’s Discussion Paper on prisoner rehabilitation and reintegration.

 
 

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Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers

Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers

24 November 2014

Join us for events in Melbourne or Sydney about the particular challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers.

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