Refugee advocates hold placards and banners during a protest in central Sydney, Australia, October 5, 2016 calling for the closure of the Australian detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island. Picture taken October 5, 2016. REUTERS/David Gray
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A U.N. investigator into the human rights of migrants arrived in Australia on Tuesday to assess its tough asylum seeker policy, after aborting a visit last year claiming a lack of government assistance and access to asylum seeker detention camps.The U.N. Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, will spend 18 days in Australia and the tiny South Pacific island nation of Nauru -- where some 410 men, women and children remain in indefinite detention.Crepeau's visit comes amid fresh criticism of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over a government proposal to permanently ban asylum seekers who arrive by boat from ever entering Australia again.
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