Human Rights Watch report card gives Australia a fail for offshore detention

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Published January 12, 2017
Source: The Guardian

Papua New Guinea and Australia must move swiftly to close the Manus Island detention centre, nine months after the PNG supreme court ruled it illegal and unconstitutional, Human Rights Watch has said.

Human Rights Watch released its annual report card on more than 90 countries on Friday, assessing the state of human rights in individual nations, including progress made on specific issues including women’s health and safety, police brutality, and legislative protection of human rights.

Globally, HRW’s executive director, Kenneth Roth, argues in the report, fundamental human rights are under threat from a “new generation of authoritarian populists” who regard rights not as a check on official power but as a barrier to the will of the majority.

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