Closed borders at the Australian Open

A sign is seen in the window of the Park Hotel that.
A sign is seen in the window of the Park Hotel, where Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic is believed to be held while he stays in Australia, in Melbourne, Australia, January 7, 2022. REUTERS/Sandra Sanders (Reuters)

The media has packed up from the hotel where Novak Djokovic was detained in Australia, but after the tennis player’s deportation, more than 30 asylum seekers are still at the Park Hotel in the middle of Melbourne. The Australian Open brought the men’s years of indefinite immigration detention into the spotlight. We look at two stories from the Park Hotel: one man deported from Australia, another still there.

In this episode: 

  • Jamal, asylum seeker at the Park Hotel
  •  Allison Battisson, founder and director, Human Rights for All (@HumanRights4A)
  • Kate Walton, writer for Al Jazeera (@waltonkate)

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Source: Al Jazeera