5 February 2008
HREOC welcomes end of ‘Pacific Solution’
Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, congratulated the Australian Government today on the decision to settle the last detainees from the immigration detention centre on the pacific island of Nauru in Australia.
“The closure of Nauru and settlement of its last detainees – 21 Sri Lankan men - in Australia is an important moment that ends a sad period in Australia’s History,” said Commissioner Innes. “I applaud the new Government for taking this step.”
Commissioner Innes said he was pleased that the government had ended the so-called ‘Pacific Solution’.
“This is an important step which demonstrates a degree of compassion while maintaining strong border protection,” Mr Innes said.
Mr Innes said that he was pleased that the Sri Lankan men could finally access the protection to which they are entitled under international law.
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