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HRW: Australia's Refugee Policy Cruel

Human Rights Watch has criticized what it calls Australia's "cruel" and "pernicious" attempts to deter asylum seekers, saying the policies are undermining its leadership role on human rights in Asia. Under Australia's current policy, refugees seeking asylum are sent by boat to Papua New Guinea or Nauru, where they are held in detention centers described by some as inhumane. The policy, which began under the previous Labor government, has been tightened under...

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