Australia must act to avert tragedy at migrant centres: UN
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Australia must act immediately to prevent further tragedy from unfolding at the migrant detentions centres on Papua New Guinea and Nauru, the UN said Friday, renewing its harsh criticism of Canberra. The health situation of those being held at the two sites is collapsing and Australia is failing to medically evacuate all those in need of urgent care, UN refugee agency spokeswoman Catherine Stubberfield told reporters in Geneva. One adolescent girl remains on Nauru despite having doused herself in petrol before attempting to set herself alight and pulling chunks of hair from her head, she added. UNHCR does not agree with the government of Australia s assertion that such cases are solely matters for Papua New Guinea and Nauru, Stubberfield added. She underscored that Australia designed, financed and managed the offshore migrant processing system. Australia remains responsible under International Law for those who have sought its protection. Canberra says its harsh policy ..

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