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AASW supports Manus Island class action

Published: 29 May 2017

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) supports the Manus Island class action that began in the Victorian Supreme Court today. The action is seeking compensation for 1905 current and former detainees who claim to have suffered physical and psychological injuries as a result of their detention.

National President, Professor Karen Healy AM, says Australia has breached its international obligations to protect the human rights of people seeking asylum, which includes their living conditions as well as their safety and liberty.

“The AASW supports the class action because it upholds the values of social workers. Each human being has unique value and their right to liberty and safety must be protected and promoted,” said Professor Healy.

She added that the AASW Code of Ethics demands that social workers support the overturning of policies of mandatory detention and call for the elimination of other forms of harsh, punitive or discriminatory treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

The AASW represents more than 10,000 professional social workers who are dedicated to working with communities and individuals to promote wellbeing, human rights and social justice.

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