On 6 August 2006, it released a media statement. The staement makes the following salient points:
- The "United Nations Human Rights Committee has found that Australia’s immigration detention regime breaches one of the most fundamental of all human rights obligations – the right to be protected from arbitrary imprisonment."
- There have been 5 adverse findings against the Federal Government in the last 10 years (the time it's been in office)
- The Human Rights Commissioner is quoted as saying "proposals to send all people who arrive in Australia by sea without a visa for offshore processing are likely to put Australia in breach of its human rights obligations."
- The Migration laws do not allow a person, who does not have a visa, to have their case reviewed by a court, or any other review body to determine whether they should be detained. Even our most heinous criminals are given this right to court appearances.
- The Commissioner also said that the adverse findings by the United Nations should act as a warning against the currently proposed legislation.
We should be ashamed.