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Additional TASA motion on mandatory detention for asylum seekers and temporary visas for those found to be refugees

The below motion was passed at last nights Annual General Meeting of The Australian Sociological Association: 

TASA AGM 20/11/2018

That TASA agree to:

  • Condemn all forms of ongoing mandatory detention of those seeking safety as asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Australian waters by boat. This includes the forced detaining of those seeking safety now on Manus Island in PNG, and on Nauru, as well as those detained in onshore detention facilities.
  • Condemn all forms of ongoing temporary visas for refugees, and demand full and fair resolution of refugee status according to the principles laid out by the UN Refugee Convention and associated human rights instruments, to which Australia is a signatory.
  • Urge the Australian government to comply with international human rights statutes to which Australia is a signatory and properly fund the UNHCR to implement regional processing agreements for humane and just refugee processing.

Given the significant body of scholarship carried out by Australian social scientists and health practitioners on refugees and asylum seekers, research clearly indicates that ongoing mandatory detention and temporary visas are harmful to the long-term well-being of humans, particularly those who have experienced the torture and trauma of persecution and have exercised their right to seek safety under international human rights statutes.

Currently, under 2014 legislation, international human rights statutes and natural justice have been excised from Australian law for boat arrivals. Effectively, the “law has been taken out of the law”.

These people seeking safety must have their refugee status fairly determined by the receiving state, according to the principles laid out by the UN Refugee Convention.

Motion put forward by Hanne Worsoe and Karen Block