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Australia/Nauru: High Court Rules Offshore Detention of Asylum Seekers Is Lawful

(Feb. 5, 2016) On February 3, 2016, the High Court of Australia, Australia’s highest court, held in a 6-1 decision that the government is legally able to participate in the detention of asylum seekers in the Pacific island country of Nauru; this means that a number of people who were brought to Australia to receive […]

Nauru: Government Actions Against Judiciary Raise Concerns

(Feb. 3, 2014) Potential Constitutional Crisis On January 31, 2014, it was reported that the Government of Nauru has started the process of drafting a law that would result in the country being placed under emergency rule. (Jeff Waters, Nauruan Government Drafting Law to Impose Emergency Rule, AUSTRALIAN NETWORK NEWS (Jan. 31, 2014).) This follows […]

Nauru: Majority of Voters Reject Changes to Constitution

(Mar. 3, 2010) On March 1, 2010, it was reported that two-thirds of the voters in Nauru had voted against proposed changes to the island nation's constitution in a referendum that was held on February 27, 2010. (Nauruans Vote Against Proposed Constitution Amendments, PACIFIC ISLANDS NEWS ASSOCIATION (PINA), Mar. 1, 2010, available at http://www.pina.com.fj/?p=pacnews&m=read&o=3824357504b8aea28cfbffdbb5c07e.) The […]

Nauru: Lawmakers Agree to CEDAW Ratification

(Dec. 8, 2009) On November 30 and December 1, 2009, Nauru's parliamentarians met to discuss the advantages and challenges of ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). (Press Release, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Nauru MPs Commit to Ratifying CEDAW (Dec. 7, 2009), available at http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2009/12/nauru-mps-commit-to-ratifying-cedaw/; treaty text […]