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12 December 2013

Amnesty urges Australia to review asylum laws

Rights group Amnesty International has urged Australia to review its asylum seeker policies and end offshore detention, Reuters said. Amnesty said in a report it had found debilitating and humiliating conditions at processing centers. Some 1,100 male asylum seekers now detained on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea are living in squalid 'prison-like' conditions, according to the group. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Liberal-led coalition won power in September partly on the back of a tough campaign against asylum seekers.

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