Operation Sovereign Borders
This policy affects people. Human beings. Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, Brothers, Uncles, Aunties… Children. Babies.
These are not cattle or pallets of imported goods.
Our processes SHOULD NOT involve policies solely based on ‘Economics’.
Lives are not being saved by the current policy. People may not be drowning in our oceans, but lives are being destroyed in our detention centres and for those who have been sent to another country that lacks the resources to provide required care – they will no doubt perish in some form on those shores.
We’re ‘Passing the Buck’.
‘Australia has international obligations to protect the human rights of all asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia, regardless of how or where they arrive and whether they arrive with or without a visa.
While asylum seekers and refugees are in Australian territory, the Australian Government has obligations under various international treaties to ensure that their human rights are respected and protected.
These treaties include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These rights include the right not to be arbitrarily detained.
As a party to the Refugee Convention, Australia has agreed to ensure that asylum seekers who meet the definition of a refugee are not sent back to a country where their life or freedom would be threatened. This is known as the principle of non-refoulement.
Australia also has obligations not to return people who face a real risk of violation of certain human rights under the ICCPR, the CAT and the CRC, and not to send people to third countries where they would face a real risk of violation of their human rights under these instruments. These obligations also apply to people who have not been found to be refugees.’
The current actions of the Australian Government are breaking the law. Many laws. It is unacceptable and as an Australian citizen I find it extremely concerning. We should be able to rely on the Government to conduct itself within the scope of the law. If collectively they don’t feel as if the law is adequate or requires amendment, then there are processes to go through to resolve that. Arrogantly, blatantly defying the law sets a terrible precedent.
My opinion, the Government have got this Policy very, very wrong.
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