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

  • 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!
  • rosamund w. 2014-11-26 15:39:30 +1100
    for bible study group
  • Sonya P. 2014-11-13 11:00:36 +1100
    In a country where individual human rights of freedom of speech, expression and lifestyle are so strongly valued, it is unbelievably hypocritical , unethical and frankly criminal that the current policies are in place to allow and continue treatment of refugee and asylum seekers. These people are human beings: and have the same rights as all Australian citizens and residents. Blatant ignorance of this issue and attempts to cover up this disgusting and inhumane treatment makes me ashamed.