AUSTRALIA has deported rejected asylum seekers into situations where their lives are in danger, a report by two Catholic organisations has found.
The report, ‘Deported to Danger’, was produced by the Sydney based Edmund Rice Centre (ERC) for Justice and Community Education in co-operation with the School of Education at Australian Catholic University (ACU National).
It was to have been submitted to a meeting of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in Geneva last week.
Researchers from ERC and ACU interviewed 40 rejected asylum seekers in 11 countries.
Among the 40, they found that only five were safe after being deported from Australia.
ERC director Phil Glendenning, releasing the report on September 29, said that, as well as the 40, another 10 were found to be in so much danger that it was not safe to interview them.
The report contained stories from eight rejected asylum seekers – an Afghan, Angolan, Congolese, Iraqi, Kuwaiti Bedoon, Rwandan, Sri Lankan and Sudanese.
Countries mentioned as being of ‘high risk’ for rejected asylum seekers included Afghanistan, Angola,
Democratic Republic of Congo, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Brisbane’s Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has renewed its efforts to muster support for ending prolonged detention of asylum seekers in Australia.
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