Detained forever without knowing why

Everyone has a right to liberty, humane treatment & a fair go

The Federal Court of Australia says:

[T]here can be no question that the right to personal liberty is among the most fundamental of all common law rights. It is also among the most fundamental of the universally recognised human rights.

Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs v Al Masri [2003] FCAFC 70 at 87

Australia is holding more than 30 people in indefinite detention for undisclosed reasons. These people are recognised refugees who cannot return home due to the dangers they face there. But Australia will not release them from detention due to secret claims made against them by Australia's spy agency ASIO. They have not been told the grounds for their continued detention and so cannot challenge the accusations against them. After more than 5 years in detention, these people have suffered "serious, irreversible psychological harm" -- according to UN findings -- and some have been suicidal. This cannot be allowed to continue. The UN says they should be released.

Read more about the FKAG et al and MMM et al cases.

Write to the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, the Attorney-General, George Brandis, and the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop:

Hon. Richard Marles MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Hon. Mark Dreyfus QC MP, Shadow Attorney-General
Hon. Tanya Plibersek MP, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs

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