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  Reference.com/Encyclopedia/Mandatory detention in Australia
Mandatory detention in Australia refers to the Australian federal government's policy and system of mandatory detention, under which all persons entering or remaining in the country without a valid visa are compulsorily detained.
In the early 2000s, the mandatory detention of refugees seeking political asylum in Australia attracted considerable controversy, and remains a highly controversial aspect of Australian immigration policy.
Mandatory detention, along with the issue of asylum seekers generally, was an important socio-political issue in Australia from 2000 to 2002 (and remains a significant concern for many Australians to this day).
www.reference.com /browse/wiki/Mandatory_detention_in_Australia   (2101 words)

 Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Website: Children's Rights
Mandatory detention laws were enacted in Western Australia and the Northern Territory in 1996 and 1997 respectively.
Mandatory detention restricts the court's capacity to ensure that the punishment is proportional to the seriousness of the offence and in relation to the rehabilitative options.
The mandatory detention laws reflect the high degree of misinformation in the community about juvenile crime, a point that was also highlighted in the Seen and heard report.
www.hreoc.gov.au /human_rights/children/mandatory_briefing.html   (4426 words)

It is the jewel in the crown of desert detention.
Their ongoing detention on the eve of war to which we will be party is not "reasonably capable of being seen as necessary for the purposes of deportation" (Lim's case).
Detention of children in the desert, far removed from regular State children's services and in a political hothouse where there is no agreement between State and Federal governments for the delivery of children's services is a recipe for institutionalised child abuse.
www.uniya.org.au /policies/problems.html   (2281 words)

 The Detention of Boat People (Current Issues Brief 08 2000-2001)
Australia's Opposition is questioning the appropriateness of outsourcing the management of detention centres, and the Immigration Minister Mr Ruddock is examining the possibility of releasing women and children boat people into the community, along the lines of Sweden.
Detention may facilitate the removal from Australia of the 10 per cent of the current wave of boat people who are not being found to qualify for temporary protection visas.
JSCM inspections of the detention centres in late 2000 found that the facilities were 'adequate', that their administration was 'appropriate and professional', that the cultural sensitivities of detainees were 'accommodated', and that Australia was taking seriously its responsibilities to those in care.
www.aph.gov.au /library/pubs/cib/2000-01/01cib08.htm   (7545 words)

 Detention Camps: Australia's Shameful Breach of The UN Convention
Mandatory detention of asylum seekers places Australia at a great risk of becoming a nation which commits human rights abuses of the first order.
Initial periods of administrative detention for the purposes of identifying refugees and asylum seekers and of establishing the elements for their claim to asylum should be minimised.
In particular, detention should not be extended for the purposes of punishment, or maintained where asylum procedures are protracted.
www.safecom.org.au /detention.htm   (1302 words)

 Mandatory detention - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It has been suggested that Immigration detention be merged into this article or section.
Mandatory detention is the practice of compulsorily detaining or imprisoning people seeking political asylum, or who are considered to be illegal immigrants or unauthorised arrivals into a country.
Under a system of mandatory detention, such people will be detained while any claims for refugee status are processed, or while they are awaiting compulsory deportation.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mandatory_detention   (117 words)

 Another inquiry into Australia's refugee detention centres
Locked away under Australia’s mandatory detention policy are pregnant women, babies and unaccompanied children as young as eight.
Detention flew in the face of all advice on the long-term development of children, she said, particularly when they had witnessed torture and been separated from their parents.
Without challenging mandatory detention, they wish to exempt children in order to limit the criticism and disgust felt by many in Australia and ease the claims of racism from Asian trading partners.
www.wsws.org /articles/2001/dec2001/refu-d11.shtml   (1386 words)

 RIGHTS-AUSTRALIA: Children Take Brunt of Immigration Detention Policy
She had lived in Australia for nine years and was studying in class 11, when immigration officials came to her family home a few months ago and took away her parents and younger brother because her mother had overstayed her visa.
Mandatory detention for unlawful non-citizens was introduced in Australia in 1992 and while many countries detain illegal immigrants, Australia is probably the only country where detention is mandatory for adults and children during case process.
Australia is a signatory to the United Nations 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees.
www.ipsnews.net /news.asp?idnews=29641   (1177 words)

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Furthermore, Australia is obliged not to send refugees to places where they will be denied effective protection, in the sense of threats to their life or freedom, until such a time that they cease to be refugees, though there is no obligation for Australia to provide that protection in Australia rather than in another country.
In summary, those in arbitrary detention on Nauru and on Manus Island face further obstacles to protection resulting from the denial of legal counsel, both to advise on asylum claims and on challenging the lawfulness of detention, as well as from the absence of an independent appeal mechanism in the asylum process.
Detention lasts for an indefinite period, and many individuals have been detained for years, the longest for five-and-a-half years; children have been born and raised in detention centers for the first three or four years of their life).
www.hrw.org /reports/2002/australia/australia1202-06.htm   (16423 words)

 Australia: Deterring Asylum Seekers by Violating Rights (Human Rights Watch Press release, Sydney, December 10, 2002)
After being refused entry to Australia, the intercepted asylum seekers were sent to the Pacific states of Nauru and Papua New Guinea, where they have been arbitrarily detained and have had no access to legal assistance or an independent appeal body to re-examine their claims.
Under Australian law, the mere fact that they spent more than seven days in a country deemed to be safe before arriving in Australia, or that there were offices of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in a country through which they passed, may be used as grounds for denying them important human rights.
"Australia's handling of these refugees is even more shameful when you learn the dangers they faced on the way here," said Mungoven.
www.hrw.org /press/2002/12/australia1210.htm   (879 words)

 The detention and removal of asylum seekers
Australia is the only country that has mandated the detention of all unauthorised arrivals throughout the refugee determination process.
Amnesty International report on the detention of asylum seekers in the UK estimated the number of people detained in immigration detention in the UK in 2003 to be 27 000, and in 2004 to be over 25 000.
The mandatory detention policy introduced from 1 September 1994 is exhaustively examined in the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Migration in its report Asylum, Border Control and Detention, tabled February 1994.
www.aph.gov.au /library/INTGUIDE/SP/asylum_seekers.htm   (3069 words)

 In the meantime, they had suffered under Australia’s detention system for more than two years, the entire family has been traumatised to an extent which is inconceivable for ordinary members of the Australian community and a 10 year old girl very nearly succeeded in ending her own life.
The argument against mandatory detention takes on a new complexion when it is seen that the system very likely amounts to a crime against humanity.
 Those who support mandatory detention on whatever grounds appeal to them may find it harder to justify the fact that our Government is engaged in crimes against humanity judged not only by the standards of the international community but by the standards of our own legislation.
www.users.bigpond.com /burnside/refday.htm   (2249 words)

 Mandatory detention in Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Similarly, national security imperatives require that unauthorised arrivals are properly screened before entering Australia.
Children in immigration detention have been represented by ChilOut and other NGOS and concerned individuals.
The living standards of mandatory detention facilities has been criticised,[5] particularly with regard to the Woomera facility, located as it is in a very isolated region of Australia.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Mandatory_detention_in_Australia   (2235 words)

 Refugee Action Committee, Canberra - Inside the detention centres
Immigration detention profoundly undermines the parental role, rendering the parent impotent, unable to provide adequately for their child(ren)’s physical and emotional needs...
Current immigration policy, in the form of prolonged detention of asylum seekers and the move to temporary visas for some, is resulting in harm to the mental health of already vulnerable children, adolescents and adults.
See also Phillip Ruddock's reply claiming the article contains "errors of fact and distortions" and arguing that "detention is humane and is not designed to be punitive", but not denying (or even addressing) the article's main thesis, that detainees display serious psychological symptomsas a result of their imprisonment.
www.refugeeaction.org /inside/inside.htm   (2862 words)

 Radio Australia - News - Australia defends mandatory detention   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The Australian Government has denied that the release of a three year old girl from an immigration detention centre in the eastern Australian city of Sydney, was because of international media attention.
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists says the continuing detention of more than 60 children in Australia, is a breach of the government's duty of care to detainees.
Cornelia Rau, the Australian resident who was wrongfully detained in Australia for 10 months, says she was denied basic human rights during her ordeal.
www.abc.net.au /ra/news/stories/s1376198.htm   (475 words)

 ZNet | Foreign Policy | Asylum Seekers in Australia
Such is Howard's cynicism that he has never explained to Australians that their country actually receives one of the smallest numbers of "illegal" asylum-seekers in the world: about 4,000 a year.
Of these, three-quarters are eventually accepted, but only after mandatory and indefinite imprisonment in camps described by the former conservative prime minister Malcolm Fraser as "hell-holes".
As Australia is entrenched as yet another colony of the "global economy", the tragedy for those seeking personal pride in the achievements of their nation is the suppression of a political history of which there is much to be proud, and whose wonderfully subversive stories are seldom told.
www.zmag.org /content/ForeignPolicy/pilger0209.cfm   (1706 words)

 Scoop: Australia: Detention regime breaches human rights
Australia's asylum policy is having an appalling human cost with children being kept behind razor wire for many months and people whose asylum applications have been dismissed but who cannot be returned to their countries of origin being detained indefinitely, according to a new report published today.
"Australia's mandatory detention regime continues to fall far short of international standards for the treatment and protection of refugees and asylum-seekers and the protection of the human rights of persons whose asylum applications have been dismissed," said Amnesty International.
In Australia, asylum-seekers arriving without adequate documentation are subject to the provisions of the Migration Act, which imposes mandatory detention until a decision is made in their case.
www.scoop.co.nz /stories/WO0507/S00037.htm   (1144 words)

 Detention policy damned as cruel to children - Immigration - www.smh.com.au
A damning report by the nation's human rights watchdog has found Australia's mandatory immigration detention policies had subjected thousands of children to "cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment".
The report found Australia's current system of detention was "fundamentally inconsistent" with the UN's Convention on the Rights of the Child, and that children who were detained for long periods were at "high risk of serious mental harm".
The Refugee Council of Australia's president, David Bitel, warned "the fundamental conditions that underpinned the worst abuses are still in place and there is nothing to stop them from being repeated".
www.smh.com.au /articles/2004/05/13/1084289822162.html   (558 words)

 Radio Australia - News - Minister says Australian detention policy 'cruel'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
A minor political party in Australia, the Greens, has described the government's so-called Pacific Solution policy as "callous and cruel".
Mohammed Sagar was detained under the Pacific Solution, Australia's policy of detaining asylum seekers who arrive in Australian waters on Pacific islands, including Nauru.
Mr Sagar was awarded refugee status, but Australia maintained he was a security risk and refused to accept him, leading Sweden to offer him a home.
www.radioaustralia.net.au /news/stories/s1810468.htm   (305 words)

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Australia has enjoyed a reputation for democratic tradition and egalitarian social policy.
Australia has compromised its good name and wasted vast resources on a "solution" for a few thousand vulnerable people the majority of whom can eventually prove their refugee status.
Australia is indeed a lucky country having not faced war in its homeland since it invaded Aboriginal land more than two hundred years ago.
www.una.dk /poldok/gre/UNA_australia.doc   (1277 words)

 CNN.com - Australia to check detainee cases - May 25, 2005
SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- The row over Australia's mandatory detention policy has heated up after revelations that more than 200 cases of possible wrongful detention are being examined.
These MPs are publicly calling for children and their parents to be released immediately from detention centers.
People held in detention centers on the Australian mainland, on remote Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean and on Nauru in the Pacific Ocean include those who have overstayed their visas or who have sought to enter Australia illegally.
edition.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/asiapcf/05/25/detention.australia   (439 words)

 Indefinite detentions spur Australia to ease asylum law | csmonitor.com
Claiming to be from Indian- controlled Kashmir, Qasim remained in detention since neither the Australian government nor the Indian government wereconvinced of his bona fides.
Bailey, because Australia is one of the few countries that agrees to take in refugees from holding centers around the world.
In 2004, Australia increased its resettlement quota from 4,000 to 6,000 and contributed $14 million to the UNHCR.
www.csmonitor.com /2005/0628/p07s01-woap.html   (902 words)

 ABC Politics - 05/05/02 : Calls for review of detention policy's 10 year run
On the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Australia's mandatory detention policy, there is increasing pressure on the Government to review the policy.
"On this 10th anniversary of the introduction of mandatory detention in Australia it's time to look at the very arbitrariness of detention itself," she said.
"Not only is the method of detention in Australia questionable in that it has been shown to cause physical and mental problems for detainees but the very fact that people are detained at all is of concern to Amnesty International."
www.abc.net.au /news/politics/2002/05/item20020504132448_1.htm   (280 words)

 Congregational leaders critical of mandatory detention policy
The Australian Conference of Leaders of Religious Institutes (ACLRI) has claimed Australia's mandatory detention policy for asylum seekers amounts to vilification and imprisonment.
It was also observed as national day of prayer for refugees by the 15 member churches of the National Council of Churches in Australia.
Representing more than 200 Catholic and several Anglican religious orders, the Conference maintains the harsh treatment of asylum seekers to deter others and people smugglers, is morally wrong.
www.cathnews.com /news/108/109.php   (211 words)

 Refugee Action Committee, Canberra Australia - index page
Thousands of community-based asylum seekers in Australia are denied income support, work rights and Medicare access as a result of the Government's unfair and inflexible immigration policy, making survival nearly impossible without the assistance of various church and charity groups.
DIMIA is "reviewing the cases of about 600 detainees in detention centres with the aim of releasing more into the community." A DIMIA fact sheet was quoted that had the August 17 total of people in detention as 670.
Medical staff working in detention systems should not be employed by the departments or contractors administering those systems because this creates conflicts of interest.
www.refugeeaction.org /archive/indexNov2005.html   (2258 words)

 chilout : children out of detention   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-10)
The former TV contestant and Senator Natasha Stott Despoja visited Baxter Detention Centre last Monday to meet some of the detainees and protest the government's policy of mandatory detention in Australia.
Merlin said he drew strength and inspiration during the chaos and growing dissent from the crowd by focusing his attention on the children in Australia's detention centres.
"A Just Australia congratulates the young man on his courage and on bringing to the Australian public's attention the fact that there are still a number of refugees in detention centres both on Nauru and in Australia, particularly children," Mr Barns said.
www.chilout.org /news/merlin_news.html   (2656 words)

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