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The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is both a place and a movement. We are an independent not-for-profit organisation, whose programs support and empower people seeking asylum. As a movement, we mobilise and unite communities to create lasting social and policy change.

A Mother’s Unimaginable Choice

This is Yasmin and Ali. Their story is not a happy one, but one that must be heard. Yasmin fled her home in Iran after being targeted by local government authorities for participating in a student rally demanding greater freedoms.

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Despite the constantly changing legal landscape, the Human Rights Law Program and their extensive network of pro-bono partners are unwavering in their commitment and determination to represent those most vulnerable in our communities, and to use our judicial system and advocacy to hold politicians to account.

Latest on Manus and Nauru

Read the latest on our campaign to provide a safe and permanent home to all people are detained in offshore processing: The Urgent Medical Treatment Bill is now before Parliament. The ASRC calls for end to the failed inhumane policy of offshore processing and fair treatment of all people seeking asylum.

Stories

    • 07 DEC 18
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    World Human Rights Day: A Day For Reflection

    World Human Rights Day: A Day For Reflection

    On Monday the 10th of December 2018 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70. It’s a day that marks the anniversary of a milestone document – the most translated in the world – adopted by the United Nations proclaiming the inalienable rights that every human being is inherently entitled to regardless of race, colour,

    • 05 DEC 18
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    Open letter calls on Government to adopt Global Compact on Migration

    Open letter calls on Government to adopt Global Compact on Migration

    The ASRC is proud to join 34 organisations across faiths, communities and social sectors call on the Australian government to adopt the Global Compact on Migration. By refusing to sign the compact the government turns away from constructive international efforts to support issues associated with rising people movement. Open letter 4 December 2018 Dear representatives,

    • 29 NOV 18
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    Beaten for being gay, denied safety because he didn’t have a lawyer

    Beaten for being gay, denied safety because he didn’t have a lawyer

    Sami* was beaten by his own father. Beaten because he is gay. To his family, Sami’s sexuality brought shame and dishonour to their name. In Sami’s home country, homosexuality is considered a crime and is punishable by prison sentences and even corporal punishment. For years he endured beatings and emotional abuse. When his parents tried

    • 22 NOV 18
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    Making a global statement: The Human Rights Law Program

    Making a global statement: The Human Rights Law Program

    “When it comes to people seeking asylum, we are lost: we have lost the checks and balances that we expect from a system of democratic governance based on a separation of powers. We have not only entered, but are well advanced into the frightening realm of authoritarianism.” Speaking at the Australian Lawyers Alliance Conference in

Latest news

    • 06 DEC 18
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    The ASRC backs the Bill on medical treatment

    The ASRC backs the Bill on medical treatment

    The ASRC along with 400 organisations, 6000 doctors, ten of thousands of people in Australia and a majority of our political leaders want to solve the medical crisis on Manus and Nauru today. Today, the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 is our one chance to take the politics out of access to

    • 03 DEC 18
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    The ASRC supports Victorian Mayoral Task-force to restore SRSS

    The ASRC supports Victorian Mayoral Task-force to restore SRSS

    Today the Mayors of 22 local councils representing almost 3 million Victorians signed a joint statement against the Federal Government’s changes to Status Resolution Support Services for people seeking asylum. The statement was part of the Back Your Neighbour Campaign launch by Victorian local councils working together to petition the Federal Government to restore SRSS

    • 29 NOV 18
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    Cross Party MPs back bill that follows doctors’ orders for urgent medical treatment

    Cross Party MPs back bill that follows doctors’ orders for urgent medical treatment

    The Kids Off Nauru campaign coalition welcomes the Urgent Medical Treatment Bill being introduced into Parliament by Independent MP for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps. Dr Phelps announced in a press conference today that the bill will be introduced into the Lower House next week. The Bill is backed by a ‘coalition of conscience’ made up

    • 19 NOV 18
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    Five more children evacuated off Nauru, seventeen remain

    Five more children evacuated off Nauru, seventeen remain

    Five more children have been flown off Nauru over the weekend, as part of two families. Seventeen children now remain offshore. Jana Favero, Director of Campaigns and Advocacy at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre said today that slowly but surely, the children were being evacuated from Nauru. “It’s time to end this national disgrace of