Report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Migrants
Last week, François Crépeau, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Migrants, released his report arising from his 18 day visit to Australia and Nauru in November 2016. The visit was undertaken to assess the migration programmes, policies and laws developed by the Australian government. The Law Council met with the Special Rapporteur during his visit, highlighting matters of particular concern. Recommendations from the Special Rapporteur reflect that meeting and subsequent follow up from the Law Council in his recommendations. The 33 recommendations, include calls for Australia to:
- develop and implement a human rights-based approach to migration and border management;
- consider the adoption of a human rights act;
- ensure that all legislation, including the Migration Act, is fully in line with international human rights standards and the interpretation of those standards provided by international human rights bodies; and
- ensure the independent and systematic monitoring of all detention centres by independent and competent oversight mechanisms, so that they are all brought to the same standards.
The Special Rapporteur will formally present his report to the United Nations on 8 June 2017, at which point the Australian government will have an opportunity to respond. The Law Council will continue to closely monitor the Australian government’s response to the Special Rapporteur’s report.