Is Australia responsible for asylum seekers detained on Manus Island?
5 March 2014
Professor David Kinley comments in the aftermath of the incident involving asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre on 17 February 2014.
Speaking to ABC News, Professor Kinley says "from the moment that Australian authorities intersect with boat-bound asylum seekers, whether inside or outside Australia territorial seas, they are responsible for the welfare of these people".
Professor Kinley says his opinion rests on Article 33 of the Refugee Convention and a state's extraterritorial obligations under international human rights treaties, which include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
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