(Greens-Media) Greens call on major parties to end forced deportation into danger

Submitted by Editor on Wed, 29/09/2004 - 18:14

The Greens are appalled that the government continue to allow DIMIA to force asylum seekers into danger and call on both Labor and Liberal parties to commit to ending this practice if elected.

Edwards, Jon (Sen K. Nettle)


Senator Nettle was responding to the release of the report "Deported to Danger' released by the Edmund Rice Centre today.

"To forcibly deport asylum seeking into danger clearly breaches Australia's responsibilities under international law, specifically the 1984 Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the 1996 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.'" Senator Nettle said.

"The Greens call on both major parties to acknowledge the significance of this report and commit to ending the practice of deporting asylum seekers to danger.

"The Greens are particularly concerned that the government has entered into some kind of arrangement with the regime in Syria to help them facilitate a politically motivated deportation policy.

"Amanda Vanstone needs to answer for these appalling practices. Last year the Minister rejected the preliminary findings of the Edmund Rice centres report now that these findings are confirmed as the minister responsible she must accept responsibility for them.

"Senator Vanstone needs to make the monitoring of asylum seekers that Australia has deported a priority. Without this monitoring the government remains oblivious to the fate of these individuals and so cannot manage its responsibilities under international law to prevent their return to face persecution."

Contact - Jon Edwards 0428 213 146

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