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Human rights chief addresses Manus violence

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay will raise concerns about the Manus Island processing centre in her upcoming annual statement to the Human Rights Council.

In her address, Dr Pillay will say that the recent violence “underscored the need to review the Regional Resettlement Arrangements signed by Australia with Papua New Guinea and Nauru”.

She will say that this review should “… ensure that the human rights of migrants and asylum seekers are fully protected in accordance with international law”.

The comments are in a published version of a speech to be given by Ms Pillay on the global state of human rights.

Ms Pillay’s comments on Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers are just one of many issues she will highlight across the world.

Another is Sri Lanka’s failure to investigate human rights abuses during its’ longstanding conflict.

She also draws attention to current trouble spots including Ukraine.

“I have also repeatedly called for an immediate, comprehensive and independent investigation into all human rights violations that have taken place in recent months in Ukraine, including killings, disappearances, arbitrary detentions, torture and ill-treatment,” she said.

Dr Pillay said that throughout her time as High Commissioner, a key focus has been to address discrimination against women and girls.

She says that this is an ongoing theme, but that in the coming years she will be adding a new priority of “widening the democratic space”.