Australia Faces Claims Of Crimes Against Humanity Over Refugee Policy


Publish Date:
February 13, 2017
  • Razaq, Rashid
The Evening Standard (London)
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Human rights lawyers are seeking to put Australia on trial for crimes against humanity over the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers on two Pacific islands.

The International Criminal Court in The Hague has been asked to examine the use of offshore camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus where hundreds of men, women and children are detained indeterminately.

In a 100-page submission, the International Human Rights Clinic at the Stanford Law School in the US and the Global Legal Action Network (GLAN) have summarised practices on the islands over the last decade and harrowing accounts of conditions.

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