UN adds to criticism of Australian offshore centers
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The Australia to cease the of holding in an uncertain status in its offshore facilities.(UNHCR) echoed criticism from other human rights groups yesterday as its new report called on
The UNHCR spent three days in January at an Australian facility located on Papua New Guinea. Following Australian mandatory policy, the more than two hundred detainees held there were detained upon requesting asylum. More than 30 children are being held at this Australian facility. The UNHCR report raised the crowded conditions at the camp as a cause for concern, as well as the impact isolation could have on the children. Australia has another facility for asylum seekers on the island of Nauru. The UNHCR report made clear Australia does not have a process for clearing the asylum seekers, which means their detention in the camps is indefinite and a violation of .,
Caught in the middle of the debate is the new immigration minister. O'Connor was named immigration minister this weekend. The following night, a boat load of 60 refugees who were approached near sought asylum. Monday, the UNHCR issued its report. Union leaders, amongst them Brendan's brother Michael O'Connor who is national secretary of the , are calling for and end to current migration deals.
A report fromfound immigrants have taken 200,000 jobs created during the last two years, depressing employment of young, lower skilled Australians. Polls show a 70 percent majority of Australians stand opposed to the growth in population that will result from immigration.
Amnesty International points out that those migrants held in offshore processing facilities are not typical immigrants but rather asylum seekers. It says the latter category accounts for only three percent of Australia's influx from immigration. Moreover, Amnesty International says the practice of offshore facilities for asylum seekers runs afoul of Australia's own international agreements, such as the , and laws, .
In August, Prime Minister Julia Gillard indicated in talks with Nauru and Papua New Guinea that Australia was interested in quickly processing the asylum seekers.
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- UNHCR Mission to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, 15-17 January 2013 (Embargoed until Monday, February 4, 2013) — Retrieved Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (9:54 a.m. EST)
- UNHCR Mission to the Republic of Nauru, 3-5 December 2012, Report — Retrieved Tuesday, February 5, 2013 (9:40 a.m. EST)