Asylum Seekers

Archive of posts in the 'Asylum Seekers' category

Asylum seekers held in prison-like conditions for record periods

June 20, 2019

People in Australia’s onshore immigration detention centres are now held for an average of about 500 days: an all-time high, and far longer than other similar countries, according to a report by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Risk Management in … read more

Landmark conflict mapping report to support peace in Sri Lanka

June 6, 2019

In this edition: Landmark conflict mapping report to support peace in Sri Lanka;  Help PIAC create change: our end of year appeal is now on;  Life saving medication secured for asylum seeker with Hepatitis C;  StreetSmart supports StreetCare;  Golden Gavel

Life saving medication secured for asylum seeker with Hepatitis C

June 5, 2019

Legal action and strategic advocacy by PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project has ensured access to curative Hepatitis C medication for people in immigration detention. In 2018, PIAC filed proceedings in the Federal Court seeking orders for the provision of … read more

Major breakthrough: Hepatitis C treatment secured for onshore detainees

May 22, 2019

Asylum seekers with Hepatitis C in onshore detention will now have access to curative medication following advocacy by PIAC’s Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project. Under new Commonwealth Government policies, all people in onshore immigration detention will now have access to … read more

Hepatitis C treatment secured for onshore detainees

May 3, 2019

In this edition: Hepatitis C treatment secured for onshore detainees;  Opinion: Who’s afraid of advocacy?;  Tragedy in Sri Lanka;  Electricity determination important step to keep energy prices down for NSW;  Missed opportunity: AER decision on Default Market Offer prices

Secret recordings allege excessive force by guards in Australia’s detention centres

March 25, 2019

‘Leaked video, audio and images have revealed allegations of excessive force and harassment inside Australia’s network of onshore detention centres.’ ‘Last year the federal court overruled a ban on detainees having phones, which has allowed snippets of life inside the … read more

PIAC Welcomes passage of MedEvac Bill

February 15, 2019

In this edition PIAC Welcomes passage of MedEvac Bill;  Virginia Trioli to speak at 2019 Social Justice Dinner;  NSW Government plan will improve access to solar;  Federal Government must fix gaping hole in the Disability Discrimination Act;  Using technology to … read more

PIAC Welcomes Passage of MedEvac Bill

February 13, 2019

PIAC welcomes the passage of the Home Affairs (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 by Commonwealth Parliament. Otherwise known as the ‘MedEvac Bill’, this legislation is an important step forward in Australia’s treatment of people seeking asylum, including the requirement that people … read more

Forum: Mental health matters

July 12, 2018

In this edition: Forum: Mental health matters;  ‘In Poor Health’: the case for urgent reform for asylum seekers denied medical care;  TV networks to make sure Deaf community included in major announcements;  Thank you for sharing our passion for social … read more

Thought our treatment of asylum seekers couldn’t get any worse?

June 17, 2018

Editorial in the Sunday Age: ‘This newspaper has argued for years that the treatment by successive Australian governments of people seeking asylum will come to be seen as one of the most shameful chapters in our history. Our resolve to … read more

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