Asylum Seeker And Refugee Response

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Discuss Asylum Seeker And Refugee Responses In Australia
1. Identify and summarise human rights agreements that Australia is a signatory to, recognising the right to seek asylum.
What is an asylum seeker? An asylum seeker is a person who, from fear of persecution, has crossed an international border into a country in which he or she hopes to be granted refugee status.
The universal declaration of human rights – article 14 states that everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. Human rights are universal and must be obeyed in all countries. They are freedoms and protections that everyone is entitled to.
Australia has signed the 1951 convention relating to the status of refugees and its subsequent protocol is the key legal document that defines who is a refugee, their rights and the legal obligations of nation states. The 1951 convention and its 1967 protocol are signed and ratified by the Australian government in 22 January 1954 and the 13 of December 1973. This means that Australian must follow and develop new policy’s to help refugees. The 1967 protocol removed geographical temporal restrictions from the convention.
Australia’s treaties include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child

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