UN raises serious human rights concerns over Australia’s India travel ban

The office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights has raised “serious concerns” about Australia’s India travel ban and the severe penalties attached to breaches @danielhurstbne #auspol

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On ABC News Breakfast she is being asked why the states have been left in charge of quarantine when it is constitutionally the responsibility of the commonwealth:

What I would say to that very clearly is that the state and territories made some commitments some time ago, and that was in line with the health orders that they were wanting to put in place. It is right and it is appropriate that they take the responsibility for the quarantine systems that they have put in place ...

The state and territories gave their commitment last year. They wanted to take that responsibility*. And I applaud them for doing that. They should continue to manage their responsibilities as well as they possibly can.

*Only thing is, at least two states, Victoria and WA, have since made it abundantly clear that they no longer want that responsibility. Victoria even sent the commonwealth blueprints for the quarantine facility they wanted the federal government to build. Literally.

The office of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights has raised “serious concerns” about Australia’s India travel ban and the severe penalties attached to breaches.

In response to a request for comment from Guardian Australia this week, Rupert Colville, a spokesperson for the UN office, provided the following statement overnight:

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