23/08/2023 at 4:10pm

FASSTT agencies recently put forward a submission to the 2023 Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework. The submission identifies that our clients and many other people have been subjected to arbitrary and indefinite immigration detention.

We note that:
• Arbitrary and indefinite detention has caused and exacerbated mental
and physical health problems and
• Other aspects of the treatment of people in immigration detention, such
as the use of handcuffs without reasonable cause, have been inhumane
and cruel.

In addition:
• Many people living in the community who are applying for protection as
refugees have been prohibited from working and have had no or very
inadequate assistance to meet their basic needs for food, shelter and
health care.