Legal limitations leave children and asylum seekers vulnerable

This is despite Australia’s choice to have asylum seekers detained there. And it seems there’s another oversight in human rights for children living in detention on Australian soil. Tasmanian Children's Commissioner Aileen Ashford has written to the Prime Minister. She is complaining that state child protection agencies have no jurisdiction to act on cases of alleged abuse in federally-governed detention centers leaving many children vulnerable. (Image: All rights reserved Orphan Helpers)

Confusion over who has the right to investigate conditions in detention centres may be compromising the oversight of human rights. Australian Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs has been advised that she cannot visit Nauru and Manus Island detention centers because she has no jurisdictional power to hear complaints of the treatment people receive there.

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