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UN condemns indefinite detention by Australia of "risk' refugees

UN condemns indefinite detention by Australia of "risk' refugees

Updated 23 August 2013, 10:15 AEST

Refugee advocates are calling on the Australian government to immediately release people who've received an adverse security assessment and are being held in indefinite detention.

The UN human rights watchdog has issued a damning report, which criticises what it describes as the cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of the refugees.

The United Nations Human Rights Committee wants the government to release the detainees, help in their rehabilitation, and pay compensation.

The government says it will carefully consider the report before formulating a response.

Presenter:Ashley Hall

Speaker:Sir Nigel Rodley, chair, UN Human Rights Committee; Jane McAdam, professor of law,University of New South Wales; Alan Asher, former immigration ombudsman;

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