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UN Slams Australia for Detaining Refugees

23 August 2013

The United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) has accused Australia’s government of breaking global human rights rules by denying a group of refugees from Burma, Sri Lanka and Kuwait a chance to challenge their detention. In a statement issued on Thursday, the UNHRC said “Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them.” The refugees, including 42 Sri Lankan Tamils, three Rohingya Muslims from Burma and a Kuwaiti, have been denied visas because the Australian Security Intelligence Organization has deemed them potential threats.