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10 Jun 2018

SBS News

Australia: Former Manus Island detainees paid $70 million in compensation

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7 June 2018 

The [AUD]$70 million in compensation under Australia's largest human rights class action settlement has been paid to former Manus Island detainees.

Most of the 1700 people sharing in the settlement have already received their money.

The final payments are being sent to the remaining 340 former detainees....

...The Australian government and operators of the now-closed offshore immigration detention centre settled the class action a year ago without any admission of liability.

...The payments made across 39 countries....

...The individuals received between a few thousand dollars and almost $100,000 each, mainly for false imprisonment after a Papua New Guinea court ruled their detention on Manus was illegal.