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Australian Government ordered to pay asylum seeker $350,000 for unlawful detention

The Federal Government has been ordered to pay an Iraqi asylum seeker $350,000 in damages for unlawfully detaining him for more than two years. On Monday the Federal Court of Australia found that the man, identified by the pseudonym MZZHL, was unlawfully detained from March 2019 until May 2021. The reason for the unlawful finding …

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“They used the money to buy fishing boats”: AFP wrongly imprisons Indonesian teens

Four years ago, Peter O’Brien delivered a bag full of cash to two Indonesian boys in their village of Bau Bau in South-East Sulawesi. The bag, filled with Indonesian rupiahs, was money awarded from the Courts by the Australian Government for their false imprisonment in Silverwater Correctional Complex. How they got to be there is …

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Peter O'Brien in Indonesia with boys illegally imprisoned by Australian Federal Police (AFP)

Handcuffed for medical appointments: Asylum Seeker sues Government

An asylum seeker who experiences seizures when handcuffed has launched a landmark test case against the Federal Government. The case highlights the excessive use of force within immigration detention centres, including the use of handcuffs for medical appointments. The Government uses handcuffs to restrain men and women attending off-site medical appointments. This is disproportionate to …

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Christmas Island detainee’s tooth knocked loose as head pushed into concrete floor

A detainee asylum seeker at Christmas Island was subdued by five guards when his head was pressed down into the ground, knocking loose one of his teeth. CCTV footage, obtained through freedom of information laws, shows Mr FE* appearing to be punched before he was wrestled to the ground. His head is turned to the side …

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Syrian man released from immigration detention

The Federal Court has stated that a Syrian man who was sent to immigration detention after his visa was revoked was falsely imprisoned and is entitled to damages. The man should have been sent back to his home country but was instead locked up at Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre. After joining his mother in …

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Should Australia Introduce a Charter of Rights?

Australia’s Constitution as it stands protects only a limited number of rights. Most of them have been read as ‘implied rights’ by the High Court. Australians can find their human rights that are protected in the Constitution, in common law, anti-discrimination laws and other State and Federal legislation. Our human rights are also protected through …

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Myanmar Military Accused of Genocide and Crimes against Humanity

In August 2017, the Myanmar military launched violent attacks against the Rohingya people, an ethnic minority in the country. These “clearance operations” have resulted in an estimated 10,000 deaths and have forced 700,000 people to flee across the border to Bangladesh. Calls for the prosecution of Myanmar’s top military generals The Independent International Fact-Finding Mission …

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Australia Criticised for ‘Serious Shortcomings’ in Human Rights Record

The latest Human Rights Watch report released yesterday provides extensive criticism of Australia’s Human Rights records. O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors agrees with many of the findings having represented clients whose human rights have been neglected by institutions. The HRW report has identified some crucial areas as follows. Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees Australia …

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Asylum seekers on Manus Island: the new High Court case & why it’s important

In a case that could change immigration policy as we know it and provide fresh hope to refugees trapped in uncertainty, the High Court of Australia is hearing a new challenge to the Australian government’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. O’Brien Solicitors‘ client, the plaintiff, is a detainee who …

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