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Australia's government replies to criticism over Nauru

Australia's government replies to criticism over Nauru

Updated 7 November 2012, 18:44 AEST

Australia's human rights watchdog has stepped up criticism of the government's offshore processing regime for asylum seekers.

The President of Australia's Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, says indefinite detention of asylum seekers in Nauru would be an egregious breach of international human rights law.

For almost a week now some of the 377 asylum seekers sent to Nauru have been on a hunger strike.

However the Immigration Department says the asylum seekers are being provided with the best possible care.

Australia's Immigration Department's spokesman Sandi Logan, told Alexandra Kirk that the asylum seekers are being provided with the best possible care.

Presenter: Alexandra Kirk

Speaker: Sandi Logan, spokesman, Australian Immigration Department

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