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Amnesty International says Nauru refugee policy breaks international human rights laws

“Australia’s policy of holding refugees on Nauru indefinitely amounts to a systematic violation of human rights and possibly constitutes torture, international human rights organisation Amnesty has said in a damning report.” Click here to read details on the ABC website.

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“Pathways to Protection” AHRC’s human-rights based response to asylum seekers

“Pathways to protection: a human rights-based response to the flight of asylum seekers by sea” has been released by the Australian Human Rights Commission and published at Australian Policy Online. Click here to go to the AHRC’s detailed plan.

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Gillian Triggs to Malcolm Turnbull – “Bring Them Here”

“Gillian Triggs has urged Malcolm Turnbull to move quickly to bring asylum seekers who have been held on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia and embrace a suite of new policies to ensure the people smuggling trade does not resume.”

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UN to question Nauru about abuse and treatment of children in detention

“Nauru will come under fresh scrutiny in a United Nations hearing over the treatment of child asylum seekers sent there by the Australian government. On Tuesday the 73rd committee on the rights of the child will be held in Geneva,

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Leaked “Nauru Files” document trauma and abuse in detention

From the Guardian: “The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports

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“Facts no longer matter” when discussing Muslims in Australia

“The most troubling aspect of the current debate about Muslims in Australia is that facts are irrelevant. So despite the fact that Australian Muslim leaders and spokespeople have publicly condemned terrorism and Islamic State again and again and again and

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Survey shows majority of Australians believe boat arrivals should stay

From the Guardian: “Refugees who arrive in Australia by boat should be allowed to resettle in the country, a majority of Australians believe, new polling released just days before the election shows. A poll of more than 1,400 people commissioned

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“The worst I’ve seen” – a trauma expert on Australia’s detention regime

The Guardian is running a special report today on the effect of detention on people’s health. “In his 43-year career, Paul Stevenson has worked in the aftermath of the Bali bombings and the Boxing Day tsunami but says nothing he

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Q&A – Mathias Cormann claims keeping journalists out of detention centres helps stop boats

On ABC’s Q&A, government spokesperson Mathias Cormann has claimed that it is necessary to keep journalists from visiting detention centres to prevent “sharing intelligence with people smugglers”. Click here to read the wrap-up in the Guardian.

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Dutton says illiterate and innumerate refugees will take Aus jobs

Asked on Sky news on Tuesday evening about a proposed increase in refugee intake, Peter Dutton replied: “For many people – they won’t be numerate or literate in their own language, let alone English.” … “These people would be taking

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