Children out of detention

Saw this on the Democrats RSS feed today (see – it works…).

“In the wake of yesterday’s historic Family Court decision ruling locking up children indefinitely in immigration detention centres was illegal, Mr Ruddock today confirmed he would seek a legal orders preventing the children’s release while the Government was considering an appeal.”

Anybody that’s read up on the Tampa incident will recognise the lengths that the current government is willing to go to demonise and attack the fundamental human rights of asylum seekers and refugees. Our government’s refugee and asylum seeker policy is in breach of numerous international conventions, including the Rights of the Child, and the Convention on the Status of Refugees, and still the hits keep on coming.

Minister Ruddock is also responsible as guardian of children who are in detention. As part of this charter he is meant to make decisions with the best interests of the child as his first priority. This is a major conflict of interest, and the role of guardian must be transferred to another body such as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC). He is clearly ignoring this mandate in his decision to attempt to keep children in detention.

Please consider writing to the minister and/or the newspapers and register your disgust at the minister’s actions. Address letters to:

The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs
Parliament House
Canberra, ACT 2600
Fax: (02) 6273 4144
Salutation: Dear Minister

Strong yet courteous letters will have the most impact (no abuse please).

If you would like to work with others to fight for the human rights of children in detention, and those of refugees and asylum seekers in general, you may be interested in one of the following organisations: