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Greens applaud Human Rights Commission's inquiry into detained Indonesian children

The Australian Greens have welcomed news the Australian Human Rights Commission will investigate the detention in adult prisons of Indonesians who are crew members of asylum seeker boats and claim to be children.

"The Commission's decision is most welcome because Australia is breaking its national and international obligations to ensure children are never put in adult prisons," Greens' immigration and children, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Greens’ bill to keep Indonesian children out of Australian adult prisons

The Greens will in the Senate this week introduce a bill which seeks to stop any more Indonesian children accused of people smuggling from being detained in Australian adult prisons.

"At least 34 Indonesian children have been freed by Australian courts and returned home after months of unnecessary anguish and detention," Greens' immigration and children spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Mental health expert confirms detention providers not following immigration department protocols

An expert advising the federal government has told an inquiry there is confusion between detention contractors and the Immigration Department about protocols for handling detainees with mental illnesses, the Australian Greens said today.

"Professor Louise Newman has confirmed what we had long suspected - that decisions and protocols made by staff in detention centres on the welfare and health of fragile detainees is not in line with best practice or well-understood medical standards," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Greens back Jakarta’s call for all Indonesian children to be released from Australian jails

The Australian Greens have today welcomed the news another Indonesian boy, Dion Domun, has been released by a Melbourne court after people smuggling charges against him were dropped.

"Children such as Dion should never be held in adult prisons, whether that's here in Australia or Indonesia or elsewhere," Greens' spokesperson for immigration and children, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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No evidence Afghanistan safe enough for asylum seekers to be forcibly removed

The Australian Greens have expressed grave fears for the welfare of an asylum seeker the Australian government intends to deport back to Afghanistan this weekend.

"No matter what the Australian government says, we don't believe Hazaras such as Ismail Mirzajan will be safe in Afghanistan," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"There are no guarantees that Hazaras will be safe, only a memorandum of understanding between Canberra and Kabul which is unconvincing and widely criticized for lacking credibility.

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Greens demand independent inquiry into detained Indonesian children

All Indonesians who are detained in Australian adult jails should be immediately released while they undergo processes to determine their ages, the Australian Greens said today.

"The Gillard government should urgently commission an independent inquiry into why these Indonesian children are being imprisoned in Australian jails," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"This unacceptable policy breaches Australia's obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and also breaches appropriate standards under our domestic laws.

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People smuggling bill misleads Australian public

The government's hastily-drafted Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011 misleads Australians because it does nothing to disrupt smuggling or stop the trade's kingpins from exploiting asylum seekers and poor Indonesian fishermen, the Australian Greens said today.

"This Bill, and the Commonwealth charges it seeks to amend, fails to address the fact the people smuggling organisers deem the Indonesian crew as expendable as the leaky boats," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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