Mandatory detention of asylum seekers is a cruel and ineffective deterrence policy.
Australia is a signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that all people have the right to seek asylum.
Under international law, no asylum seeker is an 'illegal', and no mode of arrival is 'illegal'.
People who arrive in Australia by boat have the right to seek asylum in Australia, and Australia is legally obligated to provide that asylum.
Current policies of deterrence and offshore processing are cruel and ineffective, and Australia can do better. We have alternatives - community detention and bridging visas - which allow people to live in the community while their claims are assessed and until they can be given permanent visas.
We call upon the Turnbull Government to end the mandatory detention of asylum seekers who arrive by boat.