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Hamed Shamshiripour 15g - No Jurisdiction for Inquest

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Legal Ambiguities: No Jurisdiction for Inquest

Adults and children protest on Nauru. A banner is held up that reads, "How many death does it take till you know that peopl are dying in offshores?". Placards calling for justice and "helping hands" are also held.[imagecaption] Protest on Nauru. [/imagecaption]

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‘The family are concerned that the federal government will use the offshore jurisdiction of a PNG inquest to hide their complicity in Hamed’s death.’

George Newhouse, Human Rights Lawyer


One of the functions of operating prison camps on foreign soil is to blur the lines of legal jurisdiction and therefore of accountability. In the case of people who were trafficked to either Manus or Nauru and subsequently died on those islands without first being evacuated to Australia, the Australian government is able to outsource investigations and in doing so divert responsibility to other authorities. Of the 11 deaths associated with Australia’s offshoring policy, only three (Hamid Khazaei, Omid Masoumali and Faysal Ishak Ahmed who were all evacuated to Brisbane) will be subject to Coronial Inquests in Australia. 


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