According to the Uniting Church (Vic/Tas Synod) newsite Crosslight, up to 50 people recognised as legitimate refugees are being detained in Australia because of their alleged status as "security risks".  Persons so assessed (by ASIO) have no right to challenge this assessment, nor are they entitled to know the grounds upon which the assessment is based.

According to the report, Synod Justice and International Mission Director Jim Zirnsak claims that many of these individuals have been in detention for several years, are seperated from their children and families, and are suffering mental health problems as a result.

“It is clearly unjust for a person to face indefinite detention without knowing the reasons and having no right to challenge the assessment,” the report cites Mr Zirnsak as saying.

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