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Men behind the wire

In Australia, anyone who does not have a valid visa is required to be detained. This means that people seeking asylum are generally detained, often for long and uncertain periods. There is no independent review of the decision to detain, and people have been detained for increasingly long periods. This detention regime is one of the harshest in the world, and causes terrible suffering.

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Visitors’ access to people in detention

In recent months, the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) has increasingly heard from these visitors that security conditions in immigration detention facilities are being ratcheted up and it is now more difficult to visit people in immigration detention. Correspondingly, people in immigration detention are increasingly isolated from the wider community, negatively impacting their mental and physical wellbeing. As a result, we have started a national study to explore those concerns further. The focus of this research is on access to people in onshore immigration detention facilities.
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Association With Abuse: The financial sector’s involvement in gross human rights abuses of people seeking asylum in Australia.

This report examines the involvement of Ferrovial SA, a Spanish stock-exchange listed company, through its subsidiary Broadspectrum, in operating the offshore detention centres (ODCs)for asylum seekers in Manus Island and Narau. As the lead contractor in administering both centres, Broadspectrum makes decisions about detainee welfare, movement, communication, behaviour, accommodation, food, clothing, water, security and general conditions.
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Detention Research Project

Detention Research Project

The project aims to identify systemic issues of concern relating to detention in Australia.It will research emerging trends and patterns in Australian immigration detention facilities. This information will be used to help us advocate on issues relating to detention.
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Detention Of People Who Are LGBTI

Detention of people who are LGBTI

What are the issues for people in detention who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI)? This is the subject of a recent important position paper by the International Detention Coalition (IDC).
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Workplace Health And Safety In Immigration Detention

Workplace health and safety in immigration detention

In a major report, the Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) has found that both Comcare, the federal regulator of Commonwealth workplaces, and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have failed their duty of care to ensure the health and safety of workers, contractors and detainees.
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