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The Crimes Act 2016 contained provisions to protect human rights but was inadequately implemented. Concerns about the denial of the rights to freedom of expression and of peaceful assembly, freedom of movement and access to the country for foreign media persisted. Passports of several former MPs were suspended. Nauru continued to hold hundreds of refugees and asylum-seekers in a centre while others were placed in the community under its transfer agreement with Australia. The death penalty was repealed for all crimes in May.

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Death penalty status

Abolitionist in practice

Retains the death penalty in law, but hasn’t executed for at least 10 years


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