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In its rush to expel – via a sub-standard screening process – Sri Lankans who arrive in Australia by boat, Australia places those people at risk of torture, rape and ill treatment in Sri Lankan custody.

The Human Rights Law Centre has prepared a background briefing paper ahead of tonight’s screening of an SBS Dateline investigation highlighting how some failed asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka by Australia have been abducted and abused by Sri Lankan security forces on their return.

“The Immigration Department should stop denying Sri Lankans the opportunity to make claims for protection using the proper processes. By using such a flimsy screening process, Australia is being extremely reckless and risks placing men, women and children directly in danger,” said Ms Howie.’

There is plenty of devil in the detail of the Immigration Minister’s latest reforms, introduced into Federal Parliament today.

The United Nations Human Rights Council is set to vote on an historic resolution tackling violence and discrimination against sexual minorities. The HRLC’s Directory of Advocacy, Anna Brown, is present in Geneva and delivered a statement to the Council calling on the international community to support a resolution condemning violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.



Tackling crime the smart way

Tackling crime the smart way

11 September 2014

The Human Rights Law Centre, in conjunction with the Wheeler Centre and Smart Justice, will be hosting a panel discussion on ‘Tackling Crime the Smart Way’.


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