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Australia authorities denies asylum seeker abuse claims

A photo taken by Amnesty International shows the inside of a tent housing asylum seekers in Nauru

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A photograph taken by Amnesty Worldwide reveals the within of a tent housing asylum seekers in Nauru

Australia’s authorities has “strongly” refuted claims it intentionally ignores abuse of asylum seekers.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty Worldwide launched a report criticising circumstances at a detention centre on the island of Nauru.

The report concluded that Australia should deliberately permit abuse of detainees to discourage asylum seekers.

A statement from the Immigration Department criticised Amnesty for not consulting the federal government.

“There was no session with the Division of Immigration and Border Safety from Amnesty Worldwide in preparation of this report,” the assertion stated.

“We strongly refute lots of the allegations within the report and would encourage Amnesty Worldwide to contact the Division earlier than airing allegations of this type.”

The assertion stated Australia didn’t exert management over the legal guidelines of Nauru, a sovereign nation. It stated the Australian authorities welcomed unbiased scrutiny of its services.

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Nauru, the world’s smallest republic, holds one in all Australia’s migrant camps

Australia transports asylum seekers who arrive by boat to off-shore processing centres in Nauru and Papua New Guinea.

  • The variety of asylum seekers travelling to Australia by boat rose sharply in 2012 and early 2013. Scores of individuals have died making the journey.
  • To cease the inflow, the federal government adopted powerful measures meant as a deterrent.
  • Everybody who arrives is detained. Underneath the coverage, asylum seekers are processed offshore at centres on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
  • The federal government has additionally adopted a coverage of tow-backs, or turning boats round.

Learn extra: Why are asylum seekers so controversial in Australia?

The Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch report was written after an incognito go to to Nauru final month. The organisations stated Australia’s actions appeared designed to discourage different migrants from making an attempt to get to Australia.

No documentary proof was offered within the report back to help the declare.

However interviews with 84 refugees and asylum seekers unearthed claims of rape and assault on the hand of Nauruan locals, insufficient medical care and cramped, uncomfortable dwelling circumstances.

The detention centre at Nauru is run by an organization known as Broadspectrum and medical companies are offered by Worldwide Well being and Medical Providers. Each corporations have a contract with the Australian authorities.

One girl quoted within the report stated she had married a person 15 years her senior with the intention to really feel secure on the island. One other stated Nauruan males had pushed her into the jungle with the intent of raping her.

Though most held on the island have been recognized as real refugees and launched into the group, many felt afraid to depart their lodging, notably at evening, the report stated.

The report additionally alleged that Nauruan police tended to downplay or ignore asylum seekers’ studies of abuse.