Refugee Affairs Director Jan Shaw:
“Rather than ‘cracking down’ on asylum seekers, the government should be working to make the decision-making process more reliable and the safeguards against hasty return more robust.”
Immigration law expert Alison Stanley:
… said the move to punish people for destroying their travel documents was illegal under article 31 of the 1951 convention on refugees.
Rachel Watson, spokeswoman for Refugee Action:
“We must not forget that asylum law is about offering protection to people who could have imprisoned, tortured or even killed.
“The reason why judges are allowing asylum applicants to proceed to higher courts is because they are aware of the gravity of decisions involved.
“These are literally matters of life and death.”