Nauru’s speedy processing of asylum seekers raises concerns

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Six hundred asylum seekers in a detention centre on Nauru can expect to be processed within the next week. The Nauru government has also announced it will remove curfews from the Australian-funded facility, so detainees will be able to move freely around the island 24 hours a day. But refugee advocates say asylum seekers will be worse off under these changes, which they knew nothing about. Critics also say the Australian immigration department is leaning on the Nauru government, ahead of a high court challenge to offshore detention happening this week. But the Australian government rejects this and says it played no part in the decision.

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Tuesday, October 6 2015
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