find the latest legal job
Inhouse Legal Counsel -18 months-4 PAE - Real Estate Investment Company
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· In brand new prestigious CBD offices
View details
Senior Associate - Competition, Policy & Regulatory
Category: Other | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Work with a well regarded Partner · Sydney CBD
View details
Commercial Litigation Senior Associate
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Lawyers Weekly Australia Partner of the Year 2016, Insolvency
View details
MULTIPLEX Regional Legal Counsel (Vic) | 7 to 10 years + PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Career defining in-house role · Tier One international contractor
View details
Junior Lawyer - Personal Injury Law
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Parramatta & Western Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Highly specialized practice · Challenging role with great opportunities
View details
Detention centre breaches civil rights covenant

Detention centre breaches civil rights covenant

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will release a report on Friday (28 October) outlining their concerns about Australia's immigration detention facilities on Christmas…

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will release a report on Friday (28 October) outlining their concerns about Australia's immigration detention facilities on Christmas Island.

Speaking to Lawyers Weekly, AHRC president Catherine Branson QC said the Commission's concerns arise primarily from the conditions within the centres, which are at odds with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

"Our concerns about Christmas Island are fairly well known. It's a small and remote place. We think it an inappropriate place to be holding those coming to Australia seeking asylum, mainly because they are far from places of population and services are limited," she said.

"It's also now concerningly crowded, exacerbating those problems. We have a particular concern about children and young people being held in detention. Our argument [has] always been that if it is necessary at all to detain a child or a young person, it should be for the shortest possible period of time."

The 2010 report follows a similar report released in 2009, which came off the back of Branson's first visit to Christmas Island. In that report, numerous recommendations were made to the Australian Government, including the cessation of the use of Christmas Island as a place of immigration detention, and the adoption of minimum standards for the conditions and treatment of detainees in accordance with international human rights standards.

Branson said the AHRC also plans to release a report within the next few weeks on the conditions inside Darwin's Northern Immigration Detention Centre.

Claire Chaffey

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Detention centre breaches civil rights covenant
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Animal law moots, advocacy, Melbourne University, Australia and New Zealand Intervarsity Moot on Animal Law
Sep 25 2017
Moot unleashes animal advocacy
Melbourne has played host to one of the largest animal law moots, with student participants put th...
Scales
Sep 25 2017
Transgender teens should not need legal approval for hormone treatment, court hears
A transgender 17-year-old known as Kelvin has appealed in the Family Court against the requirement o...
Appointed, Victorian Legal Services Commissioner
Sep 25 2017
NFP CEO appointed Victorian Legal Services Commissioner
The CEO of a Victorian not-for profit pro bono legal services provider has been named as the state...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...