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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

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

AHRC releases Villawood and Yongah Hill inspection reports

January 10, 2018

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its latest inspection reports of the immigration detention facilities at Villawood and Yongah Hill, a large facility outside of Perth. Key issues addressed in the reports concern treatment of immigration detainees, conditions of … read more

Treatment of asylum seekers in detention an onshore problem too: Jane Leibowitz

November 2, 2017

Right now, more than 1,250 people – most of whom are seeking Australia’s protection from persecution – are being detained for long periods of time in prison-like conditions, despite having committed no crime. To make matters worse, the level of … read more

Five things you may not know about health care and immigration detention

June 1, 2017

Did you know that every day asylum seekers in Australian onshore detention centres are suffering without a basic, enforceable right to medical care and treatment? This is something we’re working to change through our Asylum Seeker Health Rights project. You … read more

Asylum seekers on Manus Island commence class action

May 30, 2017

A class action is commencing this week for 1905 asylum seekers who are seeking compensation for physical and psychological injuries they suffered in detention on Manus Island. The group members are also seeking additional damages for false imprisonment after the … read more

Help asylum seekers in detention get the medical care they need

May 18, 2017

In late 2016 PIAC launched the Asylum Seeker Health Rights Project to help people who are suffering in Australian immigration detention centres without access to the medical and mental health care they need. Marco* is one of our clients. 33 … read more

Nine year old asylum seeker settles case with immigration department

May 3, 2017

A nine-year-old asylum seeker who was held in immigration detention on Christmas Island has been awarded a settlement by the immigration department over claims her physical and mental health deteriorated in her 12 months on the island. The girl was … read more

Senate report: abuse, self-harm and neglect on Nauru

May 3, 2017

On 21 April 2017, the Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs delivered damning findings from a seven-month inquiry into allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers detained on Manus Island and Nauru. For the period under … read more

Progress on detention conditions: OPCAT ratified

February 9, 2017

PIAC has welcomed the Australian Government’s decision to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). PIAC has called for the ratification of OPCAT over many years, most recently … read more


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