Recognise the rights of refugees under international law
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TO THE HONOURABLE THE SPEAKER AND MEMBERS OF
THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
This petition of citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:
To the breaches on international law and the Refugee Convention by the current Government in its treatment and processing of refugees, and the breaches of the human rights of detainees in offshore detention facilities.
We therefore ask the House to:
Call on the Federal Government to implement policies that recognise the rights of asylum seekers and refugees under international law and the Refugee Convention. Specifically we seek….
An immediate end to Operation Sovereign Borders and all attempts to turn back the boats;
The end of mandatory detention, detention being for the maximum period of up to 90 days to conduct security, health and identity checks. Any extension to this period of detention shall only be by order of a Court;
The end of offshore processing and the closure of the camps on Nauru and Manus Island;
Fair processing of all asylum seeker claims onshore with access to legal advice and support;
No deportation of any refugee or asylum seeker to danger;
The immediate release of all children from mainland and offshore detention to live in the community with their families while their claims are fairly processed;
The immediate increase in the humanitarian intake of refugees to 30,000 per year.
All applications by asylum seekers to be processed in a timely, humane manner, adhering to principles of procedural fairness and natural justice and with fair access to the Australian legal system;
All refugees and those with pending applications be granted the right to work, equal access to services and benefits and ensure that appropriate support is provided to programs designed to assist the settlement of refugees in Australia;
Recognition that Australia needs to work globally to address the issue of displaced people, commit to building cooperative relationships with our regional neighbours (rather than attempt to transfer our obligations to them) and significantly increase resources and capacity for processing in countries of primary or secondary origin.
Name: Shane Prince and Robin Rothfield, National Convenors Labor for Refugees
Address: PO Box 406, Bentleigh, Victoria 3204
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