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04/30/2003 Archived Entry: "Australian refugee detention camps"

JUST AS JOHN ASHCROFT DECREED THAT REFUGEES COULD BE INDEFINITELY "DETAINED" here in the U.S., Australia's federal court declared that country's indefinite detention of asylum-seekers to be illegal. Australia is "ahead" of the U.S. in many ways. They already have a complex of notorious detention camps in which some refugees, including children, have been warehoused for years. In connection with these camps, they've also had riots, deaths, escapes, roadblocks, and a growing reform movement (all chronicled in a regular section of The Age).

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