Media Release: NZ Government must act to protect asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island

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The HRLA strongly supports the recent letter by the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights that urges the Prime Minister and the Minister for Immigration to take action and follow up on the Government's earlier offer to resettle asylum seekers presently on Nauru and Manus Island.  Such action is consistent with the New Zealand Government's Responsibility to Protect, which was endorsed by all UN Member States in 2005. The present conditions on Nauru and Manus Island have received strong condemnation from the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and they indisputably violate international norms. Further, the HRLA believes that the present conditions of the asylum seekers could amount to crimes against humanity.  

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