Australian Hypocrisy

Australia is reported to UN human rights council over illegal detention of asylum seekers

Ben Doherty – The Guardian – 15 September 2018

Government condemned for arbitrary detention of three asylum seekers, including a stateless man held for nearly nine years

UN report highlights 94 cases of arbitrary detention from countries – democratic and otherwise – across the globe, including China, Libya, Israel, Pakistan, the US, Zimbabwe, Burundi and the Congo

United Nations body has condemned Australia’s arbitrary detention of three asylum seekers, one of whom has been held without charge or trial for nearly nine years.

The UN working group on arbitrary detention – which reports to the human rights council, on which Australia sits – said in its annual report it was concerned by “the rising prevalence of deprivation of liberty of immigrants and asylum seekers” worldwide and “the growing use of detention in the context of migration”.

Three cases of arbitrary detention in Australia were highlighted by the group. In each case, Australia did not respond to the working group’s concerns, and ignored recommendations to release the men and compensate them for their illegal detention.

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