Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Human rights in Australia: Some of the fences come down - Labor announce changes to mandatory detention

Today the Immigration Minister has announced a major shift in the approach to the detention of asylum seekers, so that where a person is not a threat to the community, they should not be detained.

Click here to read the Minister's speech.

As A Just Australia has enunciated: "we will continue to work to ensure that these changes are enacted into legislation so that future governments cannot easily return to the bad old days of detaining children in remote desert camps. The devil is in the detail, so we have to monitor the implementation of these changes. But we believe that the principles stated in the speech will be fully realized in policy change."

The task remains to bring those responsible for serious human rights violations under the erstwhile regime to account.

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