Ben Doherty: Nauru

Nauru briefing: the casual brutality of Australia’s offshore detention regime – video

All asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are sent for ‘offshore processing’ in the tiny island nation of Nauru or on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

In the global context of 65 million displaced people the numbers are minuscule – barely 2,000 people on both islands – but their detention has become an indefinite incarceration, says Guardian reporter Ben Doherty.

The Nauru files are the most comprehensive insight into conditions on Nauru the Australian public has ever been able to see.

They are damning, and they are damning because they are the words of the detention system itself’

Liberal MP appeals to ‘people of conscience’ after release of Nauru files

Liberal MP appeals to ‘people of conscience’ after release of Nauru files

Russell Broadbent says Coalition needs to consider

whether there are adequate safety measures to protect those in detention

by Katharine Murphy  –  The Guardian – 10 August 2016

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Photo: A protest at the Nauru detention centre. The Liberal MP Russell Broadbent said the Nauru files were ‘the sort of thing that brought John Howard to a place where he had to do something about it’

Liberal MP Russell Broadbent says the government needs to consider whether there are adequate checks and balances to ensure the safety of people in immigration detention after the release of new records revealing the scale of abuse of children in offshore detention.

The backbencher said churches and “people of conscience” needed to rally on the issue …

Labor MPs also remain deeply troubled by conditions in offshore detention. The Tasmanian Labor senator Lisa Singh told Guardian Australia on Wednesday it remained her personal view that the offshore detention centres on Nauru and on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea should be shut down.

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Crimes of omission: Nauru

Crimes of omission

We are all responsible for the depravities on Nauru

BY SEAN KELLY

The Monthly – Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Nauru Child

Extract:

This should be on the front page of every newspaper tomorrow morning. (To those who say many of the reports are not new, neither was much of what we learned about the Don Dale centre.)

Gillian Triggs is right when she says nothing will change unless the public reacts, and that won’t happen unless the media does too.

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The Nauru files

The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

Report by …. Paul Farrell, Nick Evershed and Helen Davidson

The Guardian – 10 August 2016

The largest cache of documents to be leaked from within Australia’s asylum seeker detention regime details assaults, sexual assaults and self-harm.

Children on Nauru

Allegations involving children make up more than 50% of the 2,000 leaked reports of the Nauru files from the detention centre on the remote Pacific island. Composite: The Guardian Design