Australia is thought to abuse refugees in an offshore detention camp to try to stop people seeking protection in their country by boat, human rights groups claim in a news report.
Daily violence, suicide attempts and children left without medical treatment were among he accusations that have taken place in the camps documented by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch during a visit to Australia’s detention center on the remote Pacific Island of Nauru in July.
Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division senior counsel Michael Bochenek was one of two researchers who visited the island with a legal visa, but without notifying authorities directly of his intent or who he worked for. he said,”In my experience there is no other developed country that I can think of who has pursued this course of conduct with people who are fleeing persecution, who are seeking freedom, who are accused of no crime.”
Australian director of Human Rights Watch Elaine Pearson said the country’s policy towards refugees had been a “horrible human experiment,It seems to be a very deliberate policy to maintain a certain level of cruelty… I can’t think of many other countries who would go to such lengths to inflict this level of suffering on people.”
Aug 13, 2016