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Obama administration urged Australia to change offshore detention refugee policy

“The Obama administration urged Australia to change its policy of offshore detention of refugees while agreeing to accept up to 1,200 people to relieve their suffering, a former senior US official has said” writes Paul Karp for theguardian.com. The United Nations has called Australia’s policy of offshore detention of asylum seekers unjustifiably punitive and unlawful, “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.Higginbottom, who is now the chief operating officer of the aid organisation Care, singled out the “policy of detention” as the aspect of Australia’s policy rejected by the Obama administration.Turnbull also falsely claimed that people held in Australia’s offshore detention centres were “economic refugees”.Turnbull explained that Australia turned back boats at sea and sent asylum seekers to offshore detention “not because they are bad people” but rather to prevent people-smugglers of a “product”.
 
Source: theguardian.com



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