Nauru has severed ties with Australia’s highest court, sparking concerns that hundreds of asylum seekers could be left without the right to appeal.

With the development, the Pacific island now has no appeal system of its own.

Nauru says it will establish its own local court of appeal instead.

The tiny island nation hosts a controversial Australian offshore detention centre where hundreds of asylum seekers are currently held.

Nauru’s highest court is its Supreme Court but since an agreement in 1976, the High Court of Australia has been the final court of appeal for those on the island.


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