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Better access to legal advice in immigration detention required

Better access to legal advice in immigration detention required

By LIV Media


Today’s Human Rights Day should focus attention on the shameful conditions of those held in immigration detention in Australia, according to the Law Institute of Victoria.

LIV President Sam Pandya said the recent report of the Australian Human Rights Commission Inspection of Australia’s immigration detention facilities 2019 clearly outlined concerns with our facilities.

“We must do more to protect the human rights of people who are detained and completely silenced,” Mr Pandya said.

He said one of the issues facing people in detention is access to legal advice.

“The LIV recognises the importance of timely and accurate legal advice. This will assist the role of status resolution officers, not hinder it,” he said.

Many people in detention are not provided with information on how to access free legal advice which means that many individuals do not get the legal advice they need in order to make decisions about their future.

As of November 2020, more than 1,500 people remain in immigration detention.   

The report expresses alarming concerns regarding mental and physical health of people in detention and these issues are magnified the longer people are in detention.  

Unlike any other developed country, the detention population has increased during Covid-19, and as of September 2020, the average length of detention has increased to 581 days.

The LIV urges the Government to adopt all recommendations in the report to better protect the rights of people who are detained.

AHRC’s Report into Immigration Detention

The Government’s response to the Report

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