One of the areas where John Howard came under sustained criticism was on the issue of refugees.
In this clip he responds to the findings of a 2002 UN report in which one detention facilitiy in Australia was described as offending basic human dignity.
Watch the full interview with John Howard on HARDtalk on Thursday 29th October 2009.
BBC World: 0430, 0930, 1430, 1830, 2130 GMT.
BBC News Channel: 2330 GMT and on Friday 30th October at 0430 and 2330 GMT