Australia-bound refugees driven to suicide on Nauru: rights group Amnesty

Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research with Amnesty International, talks to journalists behind a copy of a report she co-authored titled 'Island of Despair - Australia's "Processing" of Refugees on Nauru' in Sydney, AustraliaAustralia on Tuesday rejected claims by rights group Amnesty International that conditions on a tiny South Pacific island where some 400 Australian-bound asylum seekers are held “amount to torture”. In a detailed report titled Island of Despair, Amnesty alleged that many of the asylum seekers on Nauru are being driven to attempt suicide to escape the prison-like conditions they face in indefinite detention. Under Australia’s tough immigration policy, asylum seekers intercepted trying to reach the country by boat are sent for processing at a camp in Nauru or to Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and are not eligible for resettlement in Australia. “I reject that claim totally. It is absolutely false,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Australian Broadcasting Corp radio of the torture claim. “The Australian government’s commitment is compassionate and strong.” Read  More 

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