Ben Pynt explains that long-term detention – now the rule rather than the exception in Australian asylum seeker policy – causes inevitable ill effects on health, and that the oversight of the treatment of asylum seekers is becoming practically impossible.
With arbitrary detention repeatedly used despite being repeatedly condemned by the international community on human rights grounds, Alexander Reilly and Justine Stefanelli suggest a different approach.
Is detention punishment? Is detention torture? Steph Murphy asks these questions and more in this article on the relationship between torture, violence, politics and detention.