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Submission: Migration Amendment (Evacuation to Safety) Bill 2023

Amnesty International Australia has made a submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding the Migration Amendment (Evacuation to Safety) Bill 2023.

The Evacuation to Safety Bill calls for an end to the suffering for approximately 150 refugees and people seeking asylum who remain stuck in Nauru and PNG. In its submission, Amnesty urged the Labor Government to end the years of abuse and ensure people’s human rights are respected and realised by supporting the Bill.

Another key focus of Amnesty’s submission was ensuring bridging visas allow people the right to work and study while being supported to find permanent resettlement solutions so they can get on with their lives.

Amnesty’s submission also calls on the Australian Government to end its damaging policy of offshore processing and detention and permanently close the ‘Regional Processing Centre’ on Nauru.

We want a world where human rights are no longer under fire. Governments and people in power everywhere must respect everyone’s basic freedoms, and allow their citizens to live safely, without fear. When human rights are attacked, Amnesty will call on the human rights abusers to be tried and brought to justice. Learn more about what we do and our crisis response work.

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