We're thrilled to announce that HR4A's Director Principal, Alison Battisson, has been honoured by winning the Government/Legal section of the STARTTS Humanitarian Awards 2018. STARTTS (NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors) is a specialist, non-profit organisation that for more than 25 years has provided culturally appropriate and cutting edge psychological treatment and support to help people heal the scars of torture and refugee trauma and rebuild their lives in Australia.
Interpol have withdrawn a wanted notice on refugee Sayed Abdellatif after originally issuing the notice based on the results of a long since discredited mass trial relying on evidence gained under torture. The notice was the basis for the Australian government's rejection of his asylum claim.
The Guardian has the full story. There is also a report on 2ser radio.
Crikey has the story (requires a subscription) of a former Tamil Tiger asylum seeker and those working to stop his deportation.
The Saturday Paper have an article featuring quotes from HR4A's Alison Battisson on the review of 57 adverse ASIO reports on refugees who were otherwise eligible for asylum.
The Guardian has a report on the case of a stateless man held in immigration detention for eight years with no apparent path to release. Read more here.
The royal commission into institutional child abuse has made a number of recommendations regarding Australia's immigration detention system. Read more in The Guardian.
The Guardian have an article on the UN Committee Against Torture's advice to the Australian government not to deport a Sri Lankan asylum seeker and HR4A client due to the serious risks he would face.
Human Rights for All’s Alison Battisson spoke about arbitrary detention and statelessness at An Evening of Refugee Voices. Alison joined an amazing group of refugees telling their incredible stories.
Alison Battssion has been interviewed about today's closure of the Manus Island detention centre.