August 18, 2016
Australia Does The Right Thing, Vaguely
Australia confirmed that they will close the controversial Manus Island detention center, after growing criticism of the practices held on the refugee detainment camp on Papua New Guinea. Thanks to the recently published Nauru files, Australia came under international pressure to end the Guantanamo-esque treatment of minors and asylum seekers. While this is a step in the right direction, the fate of the 854 people held at the Manus Island detention center remain unknown. The Australian government did not announce where the detainees will be moved but made it abundantly clear that they will not be accepting any of them into Australia for resettlement.
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