27 Feb 2015

'We are human' - refugee on Nauru

7:20 pm on 27 February 2015

An Iranian refugee on Nauru says asylum seekers and refugees are not treated like humans.

This week, some refugee children have been boycotting school, adults have been refusing to attend English classes and were refusing to speak to case managers.

More than 150 refugees who had jobs, including in the Nauruan public service, have quit or are on strike.

A refugee, who does not want to be named, says she was in a detention centre for 14 months before being granted refugee status two months ago.

She says she does not feel safe on Nauru, and is too scared to leave her house after 7 o'clock at night.

"We are human. We don't want to be a rebel. We didn't commit any crime. We just want to be in a good situation, we just want to have freedom. We don't want to take up their places or their jobs, we just want to be free. This is our right. But we don't have human rights here."

A refugee living on Nauru.