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Edmund Rice Centre claims at least 35 refugees sent back to danger

The Christian Brothers' Edmund Rice Centre for Social Justice claimed that Australia has deported at least 35 rejected asylum seekers into dangerous situations, and needs to urgently reform its refugee protection system.

In their push to get rid of detainees, authorities "often took a reckless" view of the dangers they faced once deported, the report, by researchers from the Edmund Rice Centre and the Australian Catholic University, said.

"Some were locked up and badly treated immediately on arrival in countries from which they had fled for various political and religious reasons," the report, Danger to Danger, said.

The researchers interviewed 40 rejected asylum seekers in 11 countries. The Age reports that they will present their findings to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees executive committee in Geneva on Monday, with a plea for havens to be found for the 35 interviewees at risk.

Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning yesterday called for an end to deporting rejected asylum seekers to countries where they faced risk.

The Department of Immigration last night denied the report's claims that chemical restraints were used, that detainees were urged to obtain false passports, that it supplied bribe money, or revealed sensitive information.

Refugees sent back to danger: claim (The Age 29/9/04)

Edmund Rice Centre | No Liability - Investigation into the fare of deported asylum seekers | Download Document
Report slams Govt treatment of rejected asylum seekers (ABC 28/9/04)
Deportees sent into danger: report (Sydney Morning Herald 29/9/04)
Home is where the hurt is (Sydney Morning Herald 29/9/04)
Report critical of Govt treatment of rejected asylum seekers (ABC TV Lateline 28/9/04)
Edmund Rice Centre supports mother who fears son will be 'recruited' (CathNews 27/9/04)
Ruddock says no evidence to support Catholic false passport claims (CathNews 9/10/03)
Allegations of Corruption - Investigations Proceeding (Departmental media release 3/10/03)
Ruddock's 'people smugglers' put cash in 'passports': report (Text of report, Sydney Morning Herald)
Labor takes aim at Ruddock (ABC Radio PM)
Federal Opposition calls for Ruddock to stand down (CathNews 2/10/03)
False passport allegations dog Ruddock (ABC Radio AM)
What the Australian Did Not Tell You - Allegations of Corruption (Department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs media release)
Allegations reflect deliberate policy secrecy (PolMin)
Catholic 'false passport' claims spark inquiry calls (CathNews 1/10/03)
Immigration using smuggling tactics to evict asylum seekers (ABC TV Lateline 29/9/03)
Catholic 'false passport' claims spark inquiry calls (CathNews 1/10/03)

29 Sep 2004