Special rapporteur says offshore detention system tarnishing Australia’s human rights record and ‘cannot be salvaged’

Australia has “clear and undeniable” responsibility for the physical and psychological damage its illegal offshore detention regime has caused to asylum seekers and refugees, a senior UN official has said.

The UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, has reported on his visit to Australia last November, saying Australia’s strong human rights record was tarnished by an abusive offshore detention system that “cannot be salvaged”.

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