Human rights body says healthcare inadequate on island and suicide attempts – including among children – are common.
Amnesty International has condemned Australia’s offshore detention regime on Nauru as an ‘open-air prison’ and akin to ‘torture’ where refugees and and asylum seekers are attacked with impunity – healthcare is inadequate or non-existent and suicide attempts – including among children – are common.
Amnesty researchers visited the island in July and its new report of conditions has catalogued a series of interviews with 58 asylum seekers and refugees – Nauruan locals and Australian staff who work in the processing centre.
‘The Australian government had been very clear – including in public statements – about the purpose of this system – to deter people from seeking asylum in Australia] Amnesty International’s senior director for research, Dr Anna Neistat told the Guardian.
‘What we see in Nauru essentially amounts to torture – a system set up to cause deliberate harm to people’.