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Australia refuses to take in Asian refugees:

The allegation... was the latest indication of a hardening of Australia’s immigration policy under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, which critics say has at times veered into illegality. ...
...by 2012, when the number of migrants arriving by sea had risen to more than 17,000, Australians felt under siege. That year, at least 880 migrants were feared drowned at sea when their flimsy boats were dashed on rocks and reefs or sank after running out of fuel....
“There’s really only one thing to say here,” Mr. Abbott said in defending his policies last week, “and that is that we have stopped the boats.” ...
A Senate committee is already investigating reports of sexual and physical abuse of women and children at the Nauru detention center.

The United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, said in March that the Australian government had violated the right of the asylum seekers there to be “free from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment,” and that the government had failed to investigate and prosecute allegations of torture at the center.

- Australia’s Policy on Migrants Questioned After Smuggler Says He Was Bribed to Turn Back, by Michelle Innis, New York Times, June 21, 2015


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