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Asylum-seekers and refugees held in a remote Pacific camp were Wednesday awarded 70 million Australian dollars ($56 million) for being illegally detained and treated negligently, in what is Australia's largest human rights class action settlement.Justice Cameron Macaulay told the court the settlement was "fair and reasonable".The Manus center is due to shut next month after a PNG Supreme Court ruling last year declared that holding people there was unconstitutional. Some 72 percent, or 1,383, of the 1,923 detainees held at the center from November 2012 to December 2014 joined the class action, with the court approving a 2-1/2-week extension, allowing others to register if they chose.
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