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Refugees need protection from coronavirus too, and must be released

Philomena Murray, Claire Loughnan, Caroline Fleay, Sara Dehm, Anthea Vogl

Published : 2020


Pressure is growing to release people from immigration detention, with lawyers from Australia’s Human Rights Law Centre mounting a court case on behalf of a refugee seeking protection from COVID-19. They argue the federal government has a duty of care to refugees, which cannot be met in immigration detention due to the crowded conditions there. This test case illustrates the urgency of the need to release people from detention.