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'Global embarrassment': Human Rights Watch criticises Australia over climate, COVID and asylum seekers

Karen Barlow
By Karen Barlow
Updated January 13 2022 - 6:14am, first published 5:00am
Protesters highlight the plight of refugees detained in the same Melbourne hotel as tennis star Novak Djokovic last week. Picture: Getty Images

Human Rights Watch has lashed the Australian government as a "global embarrassment" over its handling of asylum seekers, which has again been elevated to the world stage through the Novak Djokovic visa drama.

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Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on karen.barlow@canberratimes.com.au