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UN Calls on Australia to Re-examine Secrecy Laws

Secrecy laws imposed by the Australian government have effectively put a gag on officials and restrict access to government information, a U.N. investigation found. Michel Forst, the U.N.'s special rapporteur on human rights defenders, urged Australia on Tuesday to re-examine its secrecy laws, including the Border Force Act, which forbids officials from making “unauthorized disclosures” about conditions at an Australian-run immigration camp in Nauru. “The immigration department has...

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