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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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Cancelling visas on ‘character’ grounds: The Ombudsman reports

The Commonwealth Ombudsman has published a report investigating the administration of the process of visa cancellations as a result of the Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Act passed in 2014. The change in the law required the Minister to cancel visas automatically in certain circumstances.
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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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Beyond detention: Progress report by UNHCR

Two years ago, UNHCR launched its Global Strategy: Beyond Detention 2014-2019. In August 2016, it published a report about the progress of the strategy. The initiative outlines a five-year strategy that involves 12 countries: Canada, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Thailand, the United Kingdom, the United States and Zambia.
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