18 Apr 2005

UNHCR calls on Australia to find a humanitarian solution for the asylum seekers on Nauru

7:27 pm on 18 April 2005

The United Nations has called on the Australian Government to find a humanitarian solution to deal with asylum seekers still being held on the Pacific island of Nauru.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports many of the 50 detainees have been on Nauru for more than three years, under the Howard government's so-called "Pacific solution".

Most have been denied refugee status, but are refusing to return to their home countries of Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Australian representative for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Neil Wright, says he is concerned for the welfare of those left on the island.

He says one proposal is to have them accepted as migrants.