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Australia’s UN report card raises serious concerns, meaningful response by Government crucial
10 November 2017

The UN Human Rights Committee’s (OHCHR) report on Australia’s adherence to international human rights law has raised a number of serious concerns. How the Government responds will be the true test of its commitment to human rights.

The concerns are contained in the OHCHR’s Concluding Observations following its most recent review of Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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Addressing the Pain of Separation for Refugee Families
New Report from the Refugee Council of Australia – September 2017

“Family reunion is key. The reason why it is number one in my list [of concerns] is that
socially, psychologically, emotionally, financially, [family separation] is not viable.”
– Former refugee from South Sudan

Four Years Too Many  – Report by GetUP and the Human Rights Law Centre: July 2017
Read the words and experiences of the innocent people whom the Australian Government has kept locked away for four years.

“All they want – all they’ve ever wanted – is a chance to build a future in freedom and safety.  
And that future must start now.” – Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

The Policy Brief series showcases high quality, policy-relevant research on issues relating to forced migration and international refugee law. The views expressed in the Policy Brief represent those of the author and not the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law.

Policy Briefs are available online at

The second edition of this Report provides an update on legal and policy developments related to refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia since 2013.

The Report is not intended to address all the issues facing refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. Instead, it focuses on developments which place Australia at risk of breaching its international human rights obligations

The Refugee Council of Australia’s State of the Nation report documents what is happening to real people, here in our community, to their loved ones and their families. It collects the voices and views, the ideas and expertise, of people who are living through the experience of seeking safety and settling in Australia and the many committed Australians who are working hard to help them. It reflects our conversations with people across Australia and within our networks in 2015 and 2016. Finally, it sets out the challenges we face as we head into 2017 and provides clear actions our governments, and communities can take to ensure Australia treats refugees humanely.  Read the full report here