16 Oct 2012

Australian Human Rights Commission head hopes to inspect Nauru and Manus

8:54 pm on 16 October 2012

Australia's new Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs hopes to inspect offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea to see what awaits asylum seekers sent by Australia.

The commission has expressed deep concerns about the move to offshore processing which Australia restarted last month on Nauru.

But Professor Triggs says she has yet to see how it would work.

The commissioner has visited the Christmas Island facility and plans to seek permission to visit the Nauru processing site as well as the one expected to soon re-open on Manus Island in PNG.

Canberra has stated that asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat will gain no advantage over those who seek to come from overseas refugee camps.

Professor Triggs says the concept of no advantage has no legal meaning.