Lawyers Urge ICC To Probe Australia Over Refugee Abuse Claims


Publish Date:
February 12, 2017
  • Smyth, Jamie
Financial Times
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A coalition of human rights lawyers is petitioning the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged crimes against humanity perpetrated by Australian officials and private contractors on refugees held on remote South Pacific islands.

Stanford International Human Rights Clinic and the Global Legal Action Network are urging accountability for the system of privatised offshore detention set up on Nauru and Manus Island, which has led to thousands of allegations of physical and sexual abuse

“At a time when global powers including the US are shutting their doors to refugees, it is crucial for international legal institutions to protect them,” said Diala Shamas, attorney at the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Centre Clinic.

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