President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs at the launch of the National Prevalence Survey of Age Discrimination in the Workplace report in Sydney.
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs at the launch of the National Prevalence Survey of Age Discrimination in the Workplace report in Sydney. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

Triggs asked to resign for criticising government's new laws

HUMAN Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has met calls for her resignation with further criticism of laws she says are eroding human rights in Australia.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton accused Prof Triggs on Friday of linking the execution of Bali Nine drug smugglers with Australia's "turn back the boats" policy.

He labelled the comments "outrageous" and called on Prof Triggs to apologise.

Prof Triggs responded with condemnation of the Federal Government's counter-terrorism and data retention laws as a "growing threat to democracy".

She made no apologies, delving deeper into her criticism of the same Government that called for her resignation earlier this year following the HRC's damning report into children in detention.

Prof Triggs said a proposal to cancel the citizenship of dual-citizens who fight in foreign wars "strikes at the heart of Australia as a largely migrant country".

"Not only may this idea violate Australia's international obligation not to render a person stateless but also the detention may be at the discretion of a minister without recourse to judicial processes," she said.

- APN NEWSDESK


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