Filippo Grandi says Australia causing physical and mental harm and should honour commitment to reunite families

Australia’s bipartisan refusal to resettle any refugees held on Manus Island and Nauru continues to cause physical and psychological harm, and will deliberately and permanently split vulnerable families, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees has said.

In a statement condemning the offshore processing regime, high commissioner Filippo Grandi said Australia had failed to honour a “clear understanding” that vulnerable refugees held offshore with family in Australia could be reunited with them.

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