Australia
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Overview

Australia maintained hardline policies with regard to refugees, particularly those held in offshore processing centres. The government continued to detain refugees and asylum seekers who arrived by boat at Manus island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and on Nauru, marking the seventh year since the reintroduction of its offshore processing and settlement policy. Australia continues to turn back boats of people seeking safety and to refoule (return) people to the country from which they are fleeing. 

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist for all crimes

Does not use the death penalty

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