Human rights groups slam Australia’s treatment of child refugees who are crying out for help on Facebook
A new joint report from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch slammed Australia’s treatment of refugees — detailing the plight of detained children who have been attempting to use Facebook to expose their poor living conditions.
The report alleges that over a thousand refugees, who arrive by boat and then were taken to a detention facility on the island of Nauru, have been the victims of a “deliberate policy” of abuse.
The report, released Tuesday, claims asylum seekers on Nauru are prevented access to medical care, beaten, sexually harassed and suffering from mental health conditions brought on by their indefinite incarceration and the violence they experience. Human Rights Watch senior counsel Michael Bochenek noted in the report: “Driving adult and even child refugees to the breaking point with sustained abuse appears to be one of Australia’s aims on Nauru.” Read more…
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