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Lawyers launch constitutional challenge in Nauru over detainees (The Age)

7 February 20140 comments

Australia’s most respected human rights lawyers have launched a constitutional challenge in Nauru to have 10 detained asylum seekers released from its detention centre, claiming it is unlawful, inhumane and degrading.

In documents obtained by Fairfax Media, four prominent lawyers – George Newhouse, Julian Burnside, David Hicks’ lawyer Dan Mori and Jay Williams – allege the detainees have been held unlawfully and in ”indefinite detention” since September 2012, without access to lawyers or a fair hearing, which they say is unconstitutional.

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