UN Human Rights

UN Human Rights chief scorns Australian offshore detention

Ms Bachelet spoke at a human rights conference in Sydney yesterday.

The commissioner said mandatory detention was a mainstay of Australia's migration and asylum system.

"The people it affects have largely committed no crime; many of them are in very vulnerable situations, and some are children, yet they are subjected to prolonged, indefinite and effectively unreviewable confinement," Ms Bachelet said.

UN human rights chief condemns Western 'demagogues'

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein singled out Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, saying he used bigotry as a political weapon.

He said he and others, including US Republican Donald Trump and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage, used the same tactics as so-called Islamic State.

Mr Hussein was addressing a security conference in The Hague.

In an election manifesto published last month, Mr Wilders said that if elected he would close all mosques and ban the Koran and Muslim immigrants.