Human Rights, Refugee Protest and Immigration Detention by Lucy Fiske

By Lucy Fiske

This booklet builds a compelling photo of injustices inside of immigration detention facilities, in the context of the increase of using immigration detention within the international North. the writer provides the not often heard voices of refugees, bringing their views to gentle and personalising and humanising a world political factor.

Based on in-depth interviews with previously detained refugees who have been keen on a variety of protests, similar to sit-ins and non-compliance, starvation moves, lip stitching, escapes and riots, Human Rights, Refugee Protest and Immigration Detention offers a accomplished perception into immigration detention and protest.

Drawing at the paintings of Michel Foucault and Hannah Arendt, the e-book demanding situations modern human rights discourses which institutionalise energy and may be a must-read for students, advocates and policymakers engaged in debates approximately immigration detention and compelled migration.

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Even if you fail, try to understand. Try to take some effort to understand. That we couldn’t see, we 24 Human Rights, Refugee Protest and Immigration Detention didn’t see at all actually. We just saw some, a very hard-line treatment and it was typical every day, every morning, every night. They didn’t try to investigate what’s in our hearts or mind. And we believed that humans can, actually can, reach to the hearts and minds of the other humans [emphasis added]. But unfortunately it wasn’t the case at that time.

Rights of asylum seekers arriving by boat remains a highly contested issue and provokes passionate responses from a wide range of views. The majority opinion in Australia remains that asylum seekers fall outside the community and therefore outside the mutual guarantee of rights. Therefore, their rights remain very limited and, to that extent, simple humanness has been insufficient as a basis upon which to claim rights. It is possible that this has remained so because asylum seekers have been effectively dehumanised, not only in terms of their own experiences of a public political self, but also in their representations in the Australian community.

It can be hidden only in complete silence and perfect passivity (Arendt 1958, 179). ’ So actively participating in public life, not just belonging to a community, is necessary for human life to be distinct from ‘mere bodily existence,’ and it is through meaningful engagement with others as equals that human life distinguishes itself. Ismail remarked that if he had not protested against the regimen of detention, but instead had silently and passively accepted his position, he would cease to be alive in any meaningful sense: Because if I didn’t do those things, nothing different between me and this table.

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