End Inhumane Treatment Of Asylum Seekers In Australia

To: The Honorable President and Members of the Senate in Parliament assembled

End Inhumane Treatment Of Asylum Seekers In Australia
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Your petitioners ask that the Australian Parliament end mandatory detention and endorse the majority recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Immigration Network 2012, in particular recommendations 22 and 23 which read:

Recommendation 22

That the Australian Government take further steps to adhere to its commitment of only detaining asylum seekers as a last resort, and for the shortest practicable time, and subject to an assessment of non-compliance and risk factors as enunciated in the New Directions policy.

Recommendation 23
That asylum seekers who pass initial identity, health, character and security checks be immediately granted a bridging visa or moved to community detention while a determination of their refugee status is completed, and that all reasonable steps be taken to limit detention to a maximum of 90 days.

Why is this important?

We are ashamed and dismayed by the Australian Government’s inhumane treatment of people seeking asylum in Australia. Asylum seekers are subjected to long-term and sometimes indefinite detention, often in remote locations. This causes anxiety, illness, self-harm and suicide. Your petitioners believe that current practices of mandatory and prolonged detention of asylum seekers are harmful, ineffective and unnecessarily costly, and are inconsistent with human rights and Australia’s own professed immigration values.

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Reasons for signing

  • Rachel C. 2015-05-06 22:14:22 -0400
    Because it is unfair and unjust and we just becasue it doesnt affect us doesnt mean that we should just let it happen. We live in a cruel world and without people advocating change we will never see a difference and things will get worse. I think its the right thing to do. it feels good to stand up for soemthing that you beieve strongly in. :D
  • elizabeth w. 2015-04-07 19:06:27 +1000
    because there is no transparency around the detention of asylum seekers and there would be if there were nothing to hide! We are sick of this! they are people seeking help! I am an Australian and I am ashamed of how this country is dealing with these people!
  • Mark S. 2014-12-03 07:24:43 +1100
    The term 'human-rights' should mean we're all treated equally, not just those from certain countries, but all people from all countries. Leave the fear behind and understand that all these people want is a safer, more secure and happier life!