15 Henley Rd
(PO Box 2219)
Ph: (02) 8762 4200
Fx: (02) 8762 4220
Int'l Ph: +61 2 8762 4200
Int'l Fx: +61 2 8762 4220
Located just 100 metres to the south of Flemington Railway Station. Link to new location on Google Maps
5 Abingdon St
(Postal: 84 Park Rd)
Ph 1: (07) 3103 7376
Ph 2: (02) 8090 1976
Fax: (02) 8762 4220
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Investigation into the fate of deported people
Reports of death, disappearance, imprisonment and torture, of fear-filled lives spent in hiding, privation and despair have filtered back to Australia about some people Australia has removed after disallowing their claims for protection on refugee or humanitarian grounds.
Disquiet about this situation was expressed to the 2000 Senate Committee by bodies such as HREOC (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission), Amnesty International, the Australian Refugee Council and various legal aid and trauma treatment organisations.
In 2002 a coalition of religious groups, COPAS, including leaders from the major Christian denominations, Jewish, Moslem and Buddhist groups, petitioned the Federal Government to heed the reports of terrible things happening to some deportees and cease sending people to countries where protection of their safety and rights is very problematic. The study reported here was designed to clarify the situation behind this widespread disquiet.
Following significant disquiet expressed by a range of organisations at a 2000 Senate Inquiry, the Edmund Rice Centre's Phil Glendenning, along with Sr Carmel Leavey, Mrs Margaret Hetherton and Dr Tony Morris from the Australian Catholic University commenced an investigation into the fate of asylum seekers deported from Australia.
The results have been disturbing with evidence of false documentation and asylum seekers left in unsafe environments, often outside the law of the country they are returned to.
The information uncovered by this research has led to the publication of several reports; submissions and testimony given to Federal parliamentary enquiries; public meetings; investigations by Federal police into allegations of illegal actions by immigration officials; extensive media coverage; and most recently production of a documentary film.
*NB: REVISED: JULY 2015
ERC's publication Asylum Seekers and Refugees Education Resource provides activities for students which are practical, engaging and focused on increasing awareness about human rights and advocacy.
This 52 page resource is available for download at no cost, and offers 35 cross-curricular activities, adaptable to all year levels in secondary school. Some activities can also be used with primary classes, with students with special needs, and with community groups.
Students are encouraged to think about asylum seekers and refugees with compassion, to move their understanding from the head to the heart.
Just Comment series:-
19.1: Nuclear Weapons
18.3: Palayasin - Go away mining corporations
18.2: Border Force Act & Whistleblowers
18.1: Pope Francis' Earth Encyclical Laudato Si'
17.1: Roma people
16.5: Majuro Declaration
16.3: Climate Justice
16.2: Palm oil - the 'threat' in our shopping trolley
16.1: Jeju Island - assault on island of peace
15.3: Cocos Islands - US bases?
15.2: Austerity: 'Trickle-down cruelty'
15.1: Famine: a Man-Made Tragedy
14.3: Riots - the Language of the Unheard
14.2: Insidious Violence - Depleted Uranium Weapons
14.1: Disaster Capitalism
13.8: Murray-Darling - environmental & social tight-rope
13.7: Consensual democracy vs conflictual democracy
13.6: West Papua - colonisation alive & well
13.5: Climate change - still a great moral challenge
13.4: First peoples, first priority, what priority?
Update: ERC Director, Phil Glendenning, recently returned to Australia from Afghanistan after 10 days interviewing returned asylum seekers again in Kabul.
ERC is redoubling our efforts to find a third-country resettlement option for those returnees from Australia with whom we have been able to make contact. We need financial support to achieve this.
Such work uncovers high levels of risk for the deportees (and for our researchers). Research publications are available here.
Listen to Phil speak of the visit to ABC Radio National's Phillip Adams.
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