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Australia deliberately ignores refugee abuse: report

Australian refugee abuseAustralia is deliberately ignoring the inhumane treatment of refugees held on the South Pacific island of Nauru as a means of deterring others from attempting the journey to Australia, two rights groups have said.

Under Canberra's immigration policy, people intercepted while trying to reach the country by boat are sent to a prison on Manus Island, in Papua New Guinea, or one in Nauru, both of which have been criticised for their harsh conditions and reports of abuse.

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Taiwan issues first-ever apology to indigenous people for history of 'pain and mistreatment'

Taiwan apology to indigenous peopleFor the first time in the nation's history, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen issued a formal apology Monday to the indigenous people of Taiwan for their enduring centuries of "pain and mistreatment" at the hands of the country's power brokers.

Speaking at her presidential office surrounded by aboriginal leaders, Tsai said the nation has made numerous efforts to correct injustices of the past but noted an official apology was necessary.

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Bodies of 120 refugees found on Libya shores in 10 days

Libyan bodies wash up on shoreThe bodies of 120 refugees have washed up on the shores of Libya in the past 10 days, from shipwrecks in the Mediterranean that were not previously known, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Tuesday.

A total of 4,027 refugees have died worldwide so far this year, three-quarters of them in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe, IOM spokesman Joel Millman told a briefing.

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ACLU: Chelsea Manning faces indefinite solitary confinement, no parole after suicide attempt

Chelsea ManningU.S. Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning may face indefinite solitary confinement and a move into a maximum-security prison after a suicide attempt earlier this month, the American Civil Liberties Union said.

Manning, a transgender woman whose name was Bradley Manning when he was convicted of sending classified documents to WikiLeaks, is under investigation for resisting the force cell move team, prohibited property and conduct which threatens, the ACLU said. She is also facing an additional nine years in medium custody and the chance of no parole. She was treated after her suicide attempt and returned to prison.

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Report: Thousands of children arrested in war zones

Children detained in war zonesChildren caught in conflict-affected areas are often held without charge for months as national security threats, with some being tortured or dying in custody, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).

In a report released on Thursday, the US-based rights group said that countries embroiled in war or conflict are increasingly arresting children with alleged linked to armed groups, or "because of alleged terrorist activities by family members".

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Dozens of Palestinian leftists on hunger strike in Israeli jails

Palestinians on hunger strikeDozens of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails have launched a hunger strike in solidarity with Bilal Kayed, a fellow detainee who has been hospitalised in Israel as his health plummets due to his own, extended hunger strike.

Kayed, a 35-year-old from the Nablus area of the occupied West Bank, has been on hunger strike for 37 days to protest against being held without charge or trial.

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Turkey to Suspend Human-Rights Convention

Human Rights Convention suspended in TurkeyTurkey will temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights after announcing a state of emergency following the attempted coup.

Deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday that Turkey would follow the example set by France when it did so following last November's attacks by Isis militants in Paris.

Earlier, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the three-month state of emergency in Turkey would enable authorities to act quicker and more efficiently against the coup plotters.

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