Amnesty report on Nauru

Amnesty report shows Australia has turned Nauru into an open-air prison

October 2016

A new report from Amnesty International has condemned Australia for turning Nauru into an open-air prison, where refugees and people seeking asylum face a cruel and elaborate system of abuse.

The report, Island of Despair: Australia’s ‘processing of refugees’, is a disturbing and comprehensive expose of our government’s deliberate and systematic regime of neglect and cruelty. Based on months of research, including visits to the island and its detention centre, the report contains significant testimony about the systematic punishment of people who sought asylum in Australia.

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