A participant holds portrait of a Somali refugee, who set herself on fire on the remote Pacific island of Nauru, during a candle light vigil in Sydney on May 4, 2016. / AFP / SAEED KHAN
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A leading Australian security provider has become the latest company to walk away from the government's asylum-seeker detention camps on Pacific islands, following in the footsteps of Spanish construction giant Ferrovial.The centers in tiny Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island -- where asylum-seekers who try to reach Australia by boat are sent -- have been slammed by Australian and international refugee and human rights advocates for their conditions.One of Australia's biggest pension funds, HESTA, last year divested from its Aus$23 million stake in Transfield saying that claims of rights breaches at the centers were contrary to international law and therefore its policies.
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