AUSTRALIA: Asylum seekers denied the right to food

AUSTRALIA: Asylum seekers denied the right to food

The right to food is a fundamental human right, however thousands of asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their homelands and seeking asylum in Australia are denied the right to food by the Australian Government. Under Australias harsh refugee policies, thousands of asylum seekers are forced to live in the community on a Bridging Visa E (BVE) whilst they await the outcome of their Protection Visa Application, a visa that requires the determination of the refugee status of the applicant under section 36 of the Migration Act 1958. Bridging Visas deny asylum seekers the right to work, free or subsidized Government-sponsored medical services (Medicare), and access to income. Read more about AUSTRALIA: Asylum seekers denied the right to food

UPDATE (Pakistan): Violence imminent over Lyari Expressway construction in Karachi

UPDATE (Pakistan): Violence imminent over Lyari Expressway construction in Karachi

As reported in our January appeal (HA-01-2006) the Lyari Expressway, which will be 16 kilometres long and is expected to bring in Rs. 400 million of revenue, was originally proposed to alleviate several problems including the erosion of the Lyari riverbeds and traffic congestion in the area. But at what cost? Owing to the construction of the expressway, thousands of people have already been forcibly evicted from their homes, with few having received appropriate alternative living arrangements or compensation for their loss. As a result, thousands have been forced onto the streets without adequate food, shelter, heating or water. Read more about UPDATE (Pakistan): Violence imminent over Lyari Expressway construction in Karachi