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Latest Darwin lip-sewing protest more evidence to stop indefinite mandatory detention

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Sarah Hanson-Young 23 Nov 2011

The latest act of self-harm by asylum seekers in Darwin again demonstrates why alternatives to indefinite mandatory detention are urgently needed, the Australian Greens said today.
"We are sadly seeing more long-term damage with Faili Kurds in Darwin sewing their lips together to protest being detained for up to 22 months," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"We are very concerned by this continuing protest in Darwin, which again highlights why there should be 30-day limits on keeping a person in detention while initial health and security checks are done.

"Applications for refugee protection can then be done once a person is living outside detention.

"ASIO boss David Irvine told the immigration network inquiry last night his agency can do security checks in a matter of days to determine if a person is safe to be released into the community.

"Mr Irvine confirmed it was a political decision to keep people in detention, not one made by ASIO."

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