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The Government of Nauru should take urgent steps to respect and protect journalists, strengthen judicial independence and enact specific legislation protecting human rights defenders, the International Service for Human Rights and the Human Rights Law Centre said in a joint briefing paper on Nauru published today.

HRLC’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, said that Nauru’s decision to allow Australia to detain asylum seekers in its territory had contributed to its failure to implement many of the key recommendations from its last last performance review at the United Nations.

“Australia should be a positive force for human rights protections in the region. Instead, its asylum seeker policies have been a catalyst for regression,” said Mr Webb.

Confirmation that the Attorney-General sought the resignation of the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission reveals the depths of the Government’s willingness to undermine Australia’s independent human rights watchdog, said the Human Rights Law Centre.

Sector leaders have called for a bipartisan commitment to permanently end the policy of mandatory and indefinite detention of asylum seeker children and families following the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission inquiry report.

 
 

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Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers

Somewhere over the rainbow: the perils of protection for queer asylum seekers

24 November 2014

Join us for events in Melbourne or Sydney about the particular challenges faced by LGBTI asylum seekers.

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