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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.

During a two day hearing in October last year, the Full Court of the High Court heard submissions on behalf of the asylum seekers and the Government and received written submissions from the United Nations Refugee Agency and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The Human Rights Law Centre’s Executive Director, Hugh de Kretser, said the asylum seekers had endured a truly harrowing ordeal.

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.

Figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last month show a 10 percent jump in the number of people in Australian prisons, bringing the prison population to a 10 year high.

 
 

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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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