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‘Semi-catatonic children’ among victims of Australia’s offshore detention policy: UNHCR

A “pervasive sense of helplessness and hopelessness” exists among those held in Australia’s offshore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea, which has worsened in recent months, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned on Friday.  In an appeal to the Australian Government to evacuate the more than 1,400 asylum-seekers and migrants there, UNHCR spokesperson Catherine Stubberfield told UN News that some children have become “semi-catatonic” and need urgent help.

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Australia urged to evacuate offshore detainees amid widespread, acute mental distress

Australia should end its offshore processing policy on the Pacific islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea amid reports of widespread, acute mental distress and attempted suicide by children and young adults, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said on Friday.

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Detainees on Pacific island “completely without hope”

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Detainees on Pacific island “completely without hope”

Migrants and refugees being held on the Pacific island of Nauru are “completely without hope” according to the regional head of the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

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UN rights expert urges Nauru to revoke measures that could 'muzzle' dissent

Voicing concern over recent amendments to the Criminal Code in Nauru which “unduly restrict” freedom of expression, a United Nations expert on the issue today urged the Government to revoke such measures to fulfil its human rights obligations.

UN rights experts urge Nauru to set up monitoring body for asylum-seekers detained on island

A group of United Nations human rights experts today called on Nauru to set up an independent monitoring body to ensure that the country meets its obligations to treat people in detention correctly.

Island nations need partnerships not “grand-standing” to develop

Partnerships are needed and not moralistic “grand-standing” in order to help island nations develop, according to the Prime Minister of Samoa.

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