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UK offshore detention proposal could create ‘human rights disaster’, Australian experts warn

At least 12 died in Australia’s offshore detention network, while thousands of others suffered mental illness and self harm

A Downing Street plan to consider emulating Australia’s offshore detention system for asylum seekers risks creating a fresh “human rights disaster”, experts familiar with the immigration policy have said.

On Wednesday, the Guardian reported that documents from the Foreign Office revealed Downing St had sought its advice on “negotiating an offshore asylum processing facility similar to the Australian model in Papua New Guinea and Nauru”.

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