ALHR criticises freeze of protection visas

December 5, 2013

ALHR has criticised the Commonwealth’s announcement that it will cap onshore permanent protection visas for 2013/14 at 1650 already issued. ALHR’s Vice President, Nathan Kennedy, spoke on SBS condemning the Government’s decision: “It seems to be certainly within Australian domestic law an ability to do this but once you owe someone protection under the Refugee Convention, it seems ridiculous to just leave them hanging and doing nothing and in fact the Refugee Convention says that you should provide them with work rights and access to social security.”