‘Affront to human rights’: top UN official slams Australia’s offshore detention

Michelle Bachelet says hardline migration policies offer ‘suffering and chaos’ and calls on world to cooperate

Australia’s offshore processing immigration regime is “an affront to the protection of human rights”, the new UN new human rights chief has said in an excoriating maiden speech reflecting on the state of rights globally.

In her first address to the human rights council, Michelle Bachelet, the former president of Chile, said the council had a responsibility to speak out against human rights violations without fear or favour, “regardless of sex, gender identity, race or ethnicity, religion, disability or migration status”.

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