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AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS CONCERNS


AUSTRALIANS SUBJECTED TO UNFAIR TRIALS

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   Australian authorities are in the process of betraying their two nationals held in Guantánamo as well as international law. The Australian and US governments' agreement that any trials by military commission of Australian nationals held in the US naval base in Cuba would be "fair".

The proposed military commissions are fundamentally flawed, including their lack of independence from the executive and the absence of the right of appeal to any court. No amount of "concessions" will bring them up to international standards for fair trials.

Friday 31 January 2003

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT RESPONSIBLE

Fatima Erfani died on Sunday 19 January 2003 at 10.30am at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. She was 28.
  Only when her death was reported by refugee advocates, the government went into action and made a public announcement of Fatima's death. Fremantle's ALP backbencher Dr Carmen Lawrence was one of those who called for a full inquiry into the circumstances of Fatima's death, and raised severe doubts about the standard of medical care on Nauru and in the other detention centres.

The true story about what happened to Fatima, and how she died, has now come to light thanks to research by refugee advocates in Western Australia.
AMNESTY SECRETARY GENERAL CRITICISES AUSTRALIAN POLICIES
7 March 2002
Australia has a proud history of contribution to the international human rights regime, but that reputation is being tarnished in more recent times by its treatment of refugees, and by its reluctance to be scrutinised by the UN human rights bodies - bodies that it once helped to establish.

MANDATORY DETENTION
Of Asylum Seekers
28 January 2002
    Ongoing unrest within Australian immigration detention centres - riots, hunger strikes - demonstrates that the ten-year-old policy of mandatory detention is failing and needs urgent review.
AUSTRALIANS COULD NOT USE INTERNATIONAL HR STANDARDS
27 March 2001
Australian senators must take responsibility for the protection of human rights by rejecting the Administrative Decisions Bill (1997),