Australia

UN experts on arbitrary detention to examine conditions in Australia

A United Nations group of experts on the issue of arbitrary detention today announced plans to visit Australia later this month to examine conditions facing those who arrive in the country illegally.

UNHCR welcomes UN human rights mission to detention centre in Australia

The United Nations refugee agency today welcomed the news that a senior UN human rights official will visit an Australian detention centre where asylum seekers had recently staged two weeks of tense protests.

UNHCR urges Australia to review policy of detaining asylum seekers

While welcoming the end of protests in Australia's Woomera detention centre, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged Canberra to review its policy of detaining asylum seekers.

Top UN rights official appeals to Australians on behalf of possible asylum seekers

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, today appealed to the people of Australia to be "generous" and reach out to the more than 400 possible asylum seekers aboard a Norwegian ship off Australia's Christmas Island.