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All asylum seekers processed 'within the next week'

UP TO 600 asylum seekers held at Nauru offshore detention centre will have their refugee claims processed in the next week.  

The Nauruan Government announced the plan to expedite the claims as it moves to make the centre more "open".

It comes as the High Court prepares this week to hear a challenge to Australia's role in the centre.  

The case was on behalf of a Bangladeshi woman facing imminent return to the centre after her health deteriorated at the centre during a pregnancy.  

It was expected the full bench of the Court would hear the case on Wednesday and Thursday.  

HRLC legal advocacy director Daniel Webb said the case was linked to a series of challenges to the legality of offshore detention centre.  

"Australia should not be indefinitely warehousing people on remote islands, especially babies," he said.  

Those cases were being run for more than 200 asylum seekers facing similar situations to the Bangladeshi woman.  

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