Briefing Note on extending Complementary Protection

March 2, 2011

ALHR has signed on to a Briefing Note calling for amendments to a proposed bill to extend complementary protection under the Migration Act to people at risk of being subject to torture, the death penalty, other serious human rights violations or arbitrary deprivations of life.

The re-introduction of complementary protection through the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection) Bill 2011 in February was a welcome development. However, ALHR, along with a number of respected refugee law academics, lawyers, and NGOs are concerned that it may impose far higher tests for protection than are required under international law. This Briefing Note called upon parliamentarians to consider a number of amendments to ensure that the legislation would function fairly and effectively.