The Churches’ aim in this campaign is that detention of people with adverse security assessments be subject to proper safeguards and that there be alternatives, such as community detention (where the risk is deemed low) while their fate is being determined.

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Alaghun (not his real name) was locked up in Australian detention centres for 2387 days without charge. This is his story prior to his recent release.

 

Alaghun “celebrates” 5 years in detention

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How Alaghun Became a Refugee

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In 1995, I was studying GCE (A/L) Maths. At the time the government forces moved to catch the Tamils’ Capital Jaffna, from their north camp, called Palaly. We were displaced by the war, having to leave to survive their shelling, air bombing and bullets. Our people were displaced inch by inch down a narrow tar road, through a salty lagoon. [...]

The Daily Trauma of Detention

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After another restless night of interrupted sleep, I was awakened by the sense that there was someone in the room. I opened my eyes to see a piece of green coloured paper lying next to my pillow. I knew that green meant the note came from the medical centre, so I looked closely at the slip of paper to see [...]

Hail or Fail: A Poem

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Hail or Fail The people are civilians but to the military they must hail. If not, they have to go to jail. and their lives will have failed. Ethnic people were living together as finger and nail, but government has not treated them equally. About this they sent the government lots of mail, but it was tossed in the garbage [...]

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Wilkie’s Speech to the House of Representatives

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The following is the text from Andrew Wilkie's speech to the House of Representatives on the subject of Adverse ASIO Security Assessments. Mr WILKIE (Denison) (10:21): I move: That this [...]

Churches Call on Government to Debate ASIO Amendments for refugees by Andrew Wilkie today

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Tandberg’s Comment on Guardianship

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  Age cartoonist Ron Tandberg comments on Morrison's role as guardian of detained children.        

Alternatives to Indefinite Detention

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37. Alternatives to protracted detention in secure immigration detention centres might include: (i) increased use of ‘open facilities’ such as at Inverbrackie; (ii) increased use of community detention; (iii) use [...]

Plans underway to expel those who sought asylum under previous Government

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Coalition and ALP support bill that enshrines indefinite detention of asylum seekers

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Australia’s Guantánamo Problem

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On a remote, sunny island, some 52 people have been detained for up to nearly five years without trial on secret evidence, with no prospect of release. A series of [...]

Why are people like Alaghun locked up indefinitely? And what can you do?

Alughun is entering his 6th year of detention in Villawood – having committed no crime, without being charged, and without any prospects of release. He is one of 40 asylum seekers who have had an adverse security assessment – which is a confidential assessment of what these young people MIGHT do if released. These assessments by ASIO are kept secret, and the basis of the adverse findings is never disclosed to the asylum seeker, their lawyers or anyone else. These people have begged to be allowed to move into community detention – they have offered to check in with police daily, or even wear security bracelets.

Many Australians also have adverse security assessments, but are not in detention, because these assessments are not criminal charges-they are just subjective assessments.

Last year, a High Court case found that the regulation that provided for this indefinite detention of asylum seekers was unlawful, and therefore, the Government moved a Bill in May 2014 to “fix’ that problem. The bill allows for people to be locked up forever, and ensures that they will never ever be granted a permanent protection visa in Australia.

In August 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that the detainees were being illegally held, without proof or judicial protection, in cruel, inhuman or degrading circumstances. It set a deadline of 18th February 2014 for the detainees’ release into Australia, on security conditions as appropriate. However, the Australian Government summarily ignored this deadline.

What can you do?

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Alaghun’s illustration of his predicament. See the complete drawing.

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Tell Me About: Refugees with Adverse Security  Assessments

From the Australian Human Right Commission, a detailed fact sheet on adverse security assessments: tell-me-about-refugees-adverse-security

Fair Shake of the Sauce Bottle

Reform Options for Making ASIO Security Assessments of Refugees Fairer, by Ben Saul, University of Sydney – Faculty of Law

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ASIO Security Assessments and Eligibility for a Protection Visa

From the Human Rights Law Centre, a submission on the Migration Amendment Bill 2013.

Alternatives to Indefinite Detention

June 23rd, 2014|Comments Off on Alternatives to Indefinite Detention

37. Alternatives to protracted detention in secure immigration detention centres might include: (i) increased use of ‘open facilities’ such as at Inverbrackie; (ii) increased use of community detention; (iii) use [...]

Hansard: Second Reading Senate Migration Amendment Bill 2013

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Hansard: 2nd Reading House of Reps Migration Amendment Bill 2013

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Mr MARLES (Corio) (09:10): I rise to speak in support of the Migration Amendment Bill 2013 and, in doing so, commend the minister on the appropriate length of his speech, [...]