This is our Guantanamo

What were you doing in 2009? Think back over all that's happened since. Two young men seeking safety were detained in 2009. And they're still there.

Kalith, now aged 36, was detained in Melbourne and Kaviko (32) in Sydney (not their real names). Their lawyer Ben Saul has worked pro bono for years to get them out, going all the way to the UN for justice. And the UN agreed they should be released and compensated. That's where you came in and helped get 44 other people in the same position released, including 4 young children.

Overnight, the UN Human Rights Committee handed down its findings on Australia's human rights record:

"The Committee remains concerned that [Australia's] rigid mandatory detention scheme does not meet the legal standards of the Covenant due to the indefinite detention of refugees and asylum seekers without adequate procedural safeguards to meaningfully challenge their detention." (para. 37)

Minister Dutton will not heed the UN unless he knows how many Australians care about the fair treatment of people seeking safety. We need to seize this moment to get Kalith & Kaviko out. Please sign our urgent appeal to Peter Dutton here.

"Whenever you detain people, you should give them reasons why they are being held. Australia's response is shocking."

-- Harvard law specialist Prof. Gerald Neuman
Kalith & Kaviko have not been told why they are still detained after more than 8 years. Kaviko has been recognised as a refugee by Australian authorities. He cannot return home.

The decision to detain them was made by the Immigration Minister and he can reverse it. We can't let Mr Dutton think we have given up on Kalith & Kaviko, though he may wish we had.
Minister Dutton: Release Kalith & Kaviko now

Thank you for supporting Remedy Australia.

Nick Toonen OAM
Remedy Australia
Dr Olivia Ball
Remedy Australia
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