Refugees in APOD

Submission: the Australian Human Rights Commission's Inquiry into the use of Alternative Places of Detention

Amnesty International Australia has made a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inquiry into the use of Alternative Places of Detention (APODs).

In the submission, Amnesty advocates for ending the use of APODs as a form of ‘general’ detention, as well as establishing a uniform, fair, independent and impartial approach to the granting of a new class of bridging visa for refugees and people seeking asylum released into the community.

In addition, the submission seeks to outline legal proceedings before the Federal Court – supported by Amnesty and Marque Lawyers – in relation to the lawfulness of APODs under the definitions section of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth), as well as advocating for a uniform approach to compensation should those proceedings be successful.

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