Refugees and migrants deserve their basic human rights.
What are human rights?
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
Refugees and migrants
A refugee is a person who has fled from their own country due to human rights abuses they have suffered there because of who they are or what they believe in, and whose own government cannot or will not protect them. As a result, they have been forced to seek international protection.
Migrants move from one country to another usually to find work, although there may be other reasons for migrating such as to join family members. Some move voluntarily, while others are forced to leave because of economic hardship or other problems.
What’s happening in Australia?
Despite the establishment of a federal human rights committee to consider all new bills before Parliament, laws were passed restricting the rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Northern Territory and reintroducing a policy of offshore processing where asylum-seekers arriving by boat are sent to Nauru or Papua New Guinea. Asylum-seekers who arrive by boat are now either processed offshore or have fewer rights in Australia.
What’s happening overseas?
In recent years, European countries have stepped up border control measures in an attempt to prevent migrants and asylum-seekers from reaching Europe. Some of these measures have resulted in or contributed to serious human rights violations. European countries have forced people back to countries where the risk of human rights abuses, including torture and arbitrary detention, was already well known.
There has also been a growing trend of “criminalization” of irregular migration in Europe. Some countries have introduced criminal penalties for irregular stay or entry. Some also punish people who help irregular migrants.
What does Amnesty International do?
Amnesty International works to protect the human rights of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants through focused research, national and regional campaigning and high-level lobbying. They also support individuals facing forcible return to a risk of human rights abuses in other countries through legal interventions, international and national pressure and solidarity actions.
Amnesty International is campaigning to ensure that:
- People are treated with dignity at the borders. Their rights must be respected during border control and return operations, including the right to claim asylum.
- The right to liberty of migrants and asylum-seekers is respected. Immigration detention must only be as a measure of last resort and children must no longer be detained for the purpose of migration control.
- People on the move no longer suffer abuse because of their migration status. Those who are abused or exploited must have effective access to justice.
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