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Government should close Nauru camp immediately.

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Bob Brown, Senator for Tasmania

Government should close Nauru camp immediately

17th May 04

The granting of refugee status to 77 Afghan asylum seekers on Nauru is welcome but long overdue and the government must bring the remaining detainees to Australia immediately, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

"Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone has finally acknowledged the legitimacy of the claims of the Afghan asylum seekers but not before putting them through the hell of detention on a Pacific island out of scrutiny of the Australian people and media," Senator Brown said.

"Her decision is a first victory for the Australian Flotillas of Hope, which is sailing to the island state to highlight the plight of the asylum seekers.

"The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission report on children in immigration detention last week revealed the frightful consequences of the mandatory detention regime and called for the release of all children from immigration detention.

"The Greens says long-term detention is unsuitable for any person, child or adult, claiming asylum.

"Minister Vanstone must now bring the remaining asylum seekers on Nauru to Australia," Senator Brown said.

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