Nauru files: widespread condemnation of Australian government by UN and others

UN high commissioner for refugees ‘gravely concerned’ by allegations raised and says all refugees and asylum seekers should be moved off the island The Australian government has been widely condemned over its asylum seeker detention facilities on Nauru.  Two United Nations agencies and dozens of human rights, legal, religious and medical groups have demanded the Australian government put a stop to the suffering of asylum seekers and refugees in its offshore processing regime, following the publication of the Nauru files. The Australian government faced widespread condemnation after the Guardian revealed thousands of leaked documents from inside its detention centre on the Pacific island of Nauru, covering a period of more than two years. The documents, part of the largest ever leak from inside the Australian-run regime, included incident reports detailing countless instances and allegations of abuse and trauma, often perpetrated by or involving detention centre staff. The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention The UN high commissioner for refugees said it was “gravely concerned” by the allegations raised and said all refugees and asylum seekers should be moved off Nauru “to humane conditions”. “The documents released are broadly consistent with UNHCR’s longstanding and continuing concerns regarding mental health, as well as overall conditions for refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru,” it said. “UNHCR has observed and reported a progressive deterioration of the situation of refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru through its regular visits since 2012.”

via guardian: Nauru files: widespread condemnation of Australian government by UN and others

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