Legal experts say end to long-standing arrangement could leave asylum seekers held in detention with ‘virtually no rights’

Nauru has severed a long-standing arrangement to allow appeals to the high court of Australia, impacting on the rights of asylum seekers to challenge the refusal of refugee status.

The high court is the final appellate court for Nauru, under an agreement between the two countries that has been in place since 1976. It can be terminated by either government with 90 days notice.

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