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Help us fight to end indefinite detention

Monday, June 12 2023








After an era of inhumanity, we are at a critical juncture in our history where there’s a real opportunity for real change.

But a big battle for justice lies ahead. And the need for legal help has not abated.

Just last month, the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on Torture, Alice Edwards, called on Australia to end its indefinite detention of asylum seekers and immigrants. She said “It is inhumane to allow never-ending, unreviewable detention,” and constituted treatment which could be classified as enduring degrading, inhumane or psychological torture.

The truth is that while in word, the current Government’s policy states: “Detention that is indefinite or otherwise arbitrary is not acceptable,” we are far from seeing this in action – or law.

While some have been freed from indefinite detention, many others across the country remain detained indefinitely at the Government’s whim – many for years on end. The stark reality is that there are still no clear criteria about who can be released and given back their freedom.

Detention in our country remains arbitrary and indefinite. It is without charge, trial or conviction. It is completely unacceptable.

At Refugee Legal we continue to fight to secure freedom for many people, while fearlessly advocating for an end to indefinite detention.

Help us to defend the rights and lives of so many people in dire need, while seizing this opportunity for real change by donating to our End of Financial Year Appeal. Your support for refugees remains as vital as ever.

Our profound thanks to the many of you who have already donated.

If you haven’t already, please consider giving to our End of Financial Year Appeal. Your tax-deductible donations will be matched by our pro bono partners up to $75,000 until 30 June – doubling the impact of your gift.

Sincerely and with thanks,

David Manne
Refugee Legal
Executive Director & Principal Solicitor

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