Australian authorities have threatened a dozen refugees in detention with deportation, advocates say.
The 12 refugees are detained in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation centre and Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre in Perth, according to the Refugee Action Collective.
All have received phone calls from the Australian Border Force threatening deportation, the collective say. Two among them - both, originally from Bangladesh - have approached the organisation for support.
The men have refused to return to the country voluntarily, and have genuine fears for their safety there, collective spokeswoman Margaret Sinclair said.
Both men have been detained for more than a decade.
"If they were safe to go back then does anyone really think they would have endured more than 10 years in Australia's detention system?" Ms Sinclair said.
"The processing of claims for asylum is obviously flawed. Under the previous government, many dubious decisions were made which put people's lives at risk. The whole system needs an overhaul."
The collective is calling on Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil to introduce a moratorium on all deportations, and a review of failed claims of asylum.
An Australian Border Force spokesperson said it does not comment on individual cases.
"Foreign nationals who do not hold a valid visa can be liable for detention and removal from Australia, pending resolution of any ongoing matters," they said.
Australian Associated Press
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