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Proposed new Australian border control measures raise serious concerns – UN

The United Nations refugee agency today voiced serious concern over proposed new border control measures by Australia to deal with asylum seekers arriving by boat, including their transferral offshore, even if they have reached the mainland, to have their claims processed.

UN relief agency hails Australia's decision to bring back refugees sent to Nauru

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today welcomed the Canberra Government's decision to bring most of the remaining asylum seekers from the Pacific Island of Nauru to Australia.

UN agency hails Australian move paving way for refugees to stay permanently

The United Nations refugee agency has praised an Australian initiative that could allow thousands of people living temporarily in the country to stay permanently.

Annan and Australian Prime Minister meet, discuss post-conflict Iraq

Secretary-General Kofi Annan met with Prime Minister John Howard of Australia today at United Nations Headquarters in New York, where they held discussions on a range of topics, including post-conflict Iraq and regional issues such as Timor-Leste and Bougainville.

UN expert voices ‘serious concern’ over detention conditions for immigrants in Australia

Immigrants in Australia can face long periods of detention, children are sometimes separated from their parents, and due process is often inadequate, according to a report released today by a United Nations human rights expert who just returned from the country.

UN experts voice concern over detention conditions in Australia

United Nations human rights experts today voiced concern over conditions in Australia's camps for asylum seekers.

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.