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Manus Island committee has never met, immigration department admits

Manus Island committee has never met, immigration department admits

The committee set up to oversee detainee processing times on the Manus Island immigration detention facility has never met, in direct breach of Australia’s deal with the Papua New Guinea government, a freedom of information request has revealed.

The joint committee was created, in part, to ensure proper treatment of asylum seekers housed in the centre. It is supposed to include representatives of the PNG and Australian governments and meet once a month. It was the only oversight body set up under a deal forged between the two governments in September and was meant to monitor the treatment of detainees and the length of their stay on Papua New Guinea. Read more

Paul Farrell, Luke Bacon, Lawrence Bull & Oliver Laughland  | The Guardian | 15th July 2013

UK soldier and veteran suicides ‘outstrip Afghan deaths’

More British soldiers and veterans took their own lives in 2012 than died fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan over the same period.

BBC Panorama learned that 21 serving soldiers killed themselves last year, along with 29 veterans.

The Panorama programme obtained the figure of 21 through a Freedom of Information request to the MoD. Read more

BBC | 14th July 2013

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