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Secrecy and human rights abuse in Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres

Nethery, Amy and Holman, Rosa 2016, Secrecy and human rights abuse in Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres, International journal of human rights, vol. 20, no. 7, pp. 1018-1038, doi: 10.1080/13642987.2016.1196903.

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Title Secrecy and human rights abuse in Australia’s offshore immigration detention centres
Author(s) Nethery, AmyORCID iD for Nethery, Amy orcid.org/0000-0002-1830-6716
Holman, RosaORCID iD for Holman, Rosa orcid.org/0000-0002-8448-0165
Journal name International journal of human rights
Volume number 20
Issue number 7
Start page 1018
End page 1038
Total pages 21
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1364-2987
1744-053X
Keyword(s) immigration detention
human rights
transparency
secrecy
Nauru
Manus Island
Summary All asylum seekers who arrive in Australia’s territorial waters by boat are subject to mandatory, indefinite and unreviewable detention on Nauru and Papua New Guinea. This offshore detention regime is characterised by a high degree of secrecy, low levels of transparency and accountability, and few opportunities for external oversight. This has created a closed, controlled environment, in which people are routinely neglected and harmed. To better understand the human impact of Australia’s offshore detention regime, this article draws on research from social psychology regarding human behaviour in closed institutions. This research – which has substantially informed prison policies throughout the Western world – demonstrates the critical importance of external oversight, openness and transparency for the protection of human rights of people in closed institutions. This knowledge has not been applied to Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime. To the contrary: creating a closed, opaque system of detention has been an explicit policy goal of the Australian government. By actively restricting transparency, this research demonstrates that not only are the abuses of detainees’ human rights hidden from the public eye, they are inevitable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13642987.2016.1196903
Field of Research 160601 Australian Government and Politics
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2016, Informa UK
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Free to Read Start Date 2018-07-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30083913

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