11 Aug 2016

Call for more international pressure on Australia over Nauru

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:15 pm on 11 August 2016
People hold up placards at a protest outside an immigration office in Sydney on 4 February 2016.

People hold up placards at a protest outside an immigration office in Sydney on 4 February 2016. Photo: AFP

More than 2000 incident reports from the Australian-run detention camps on Nauru, have been leaked and published by The Guardian.

They detail horrific abuse, sexual assaults and self harm, with more than half of the reports concerning children, who make up less than a fifth of the inmates.

Human rights agencies here and in Australia have again called for the closure of the camps.

Professor Gillian Triggs is the president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and says so far the Australian government has ignored the reports of abuse and neglect, and wants the international community to apply more pressure.