Australia’s indefinite detention of 46 recognized refugees on security grounds amounted to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, inflicting serious psychological harm on them, a UN Committee has found after examining their cases.

Tony Abbott, the leader of the Australian opposition Liberal-National coalition, defended the “turn back the boats” plan against illegal immigration criticized by the new prime Kevin Rudd in his first press conference. The plan proposed is resurrect the former Howard government’s policy of instructing the navy to tow boats carrying asylum seekers back to Indonesia. But […]