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‘Torture, crimes against humanity’: Class action for Nauru, Manus asylum seekers

The group will claim they have been subjected to intentional harm at the hands of the Australian government while detained in offshore detention.

  • James Elton-Pym
  • SBS

A legal advocacy group has launched two class actions in the High Court on behalf of the roughly 1,200 remaining refugees and asylum seekers in offshore processing centres on Manus Island and Nauru.

George Newhouse, director of the National Justice Project, told SBS News the legal team led by well-known QC Julian Burnside had lodged court documentson Friday.

The case will be brought against the Commonwealth of Australia, rather than the…

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