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Open letter from members of the legal profession on offshore detention

Open letter from members of the legal profession on offshore detention

By Josephine Polak

Advocacy Asylum Human Rights 

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Dear Prime Minister,

Following the High Court’s recent decision in Plaintiff M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, we, the undersigned law firms, community legal organisations, legal bodies and legal associations, jointly urge you to let the 267 individuals at risk of removal to offshore processing centres stay in Australia. We strongly advocate for the end of offshore detention and request you bring all asylum seekers and refugees in regional processing facilities back to mainland Australia.

In response to the High Court decision, the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has expressed concerns that “transferring these 267 individuals to Nauru...would put Australia at risk of breaching its obligation not to return any person to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment under the Convention against Torture.”

As a legal community, we have serious concerns about more…

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Josephine Polak, Senior Lawyer, Administrative & Human Rights Section

T: 03 9607 9365
E: submissions@liv.asn.au


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