Human Rights Commission concerned about India travel ban

human rights commission concerned about india travel ban

The Human Rights Commission has revealed it has “serious concerns” about threats to jail or fine Australian citizens returning from India under a federal government travel ban.

From Monday, people who have been in India within the previous fortnight before their intended arrival in Australia will face a $66,600 fine, as well as five years imprisonment for entering the country.

The government has staunchly defended the tough move saying it was necessary to protect Australia’s public health and the quarantine systems, as India records more than 300,000 new COVID-19 cases a day.

The subcontinent nation reported more than 400,000 new cases on Saturday, the highest ever daily count globally, after 10 straight days of more than 300,000 new daily cases.

But the human rights watchdog said the shock move “raises serious human rights concerns”.

“The commission holds deep concerns about these extraordinary new restrictions on Australians returning to Australia from India,” it said in a statement.

“The need for such restrictions must be publicly justified.

“The government must show that these measures are not discriminatory and the only suitable way of dealing with the threat to public health…

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