Thousands protest 'inhumane' Australian asylum policies

  • Thousands of Australians protested on Thursday over government plans to deport 267 people, including 37 babies born in Australia, to the offshore detention facility on Nauru. 
  • On Wednesday, the High Court ruled that authorities could deport asylum seekers to offshore camps. 

  • The United Nations has called on the Australian government to let the asylum seekers stay, warning that transferring them to Nauru could further damage their mental and physical health and would result in Australia contravening international human rights law. *

  • A report published by the Australian Human Rights Commission said that 95% of children over the age of eight who had previously lived on Nauru were found to be at risk of suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). *

  • Paediatricians Professor Elizabeth Elliott and Dr Hasantha Gunasekera, who helped form the report, said the children, who talked openly about self-harm and suicide, were 'among the most traumatised we have ever seen in our 50 years of combined professional experience'.