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Nauru: New law restricting essential medical transfers for refugees risks deadly consequences

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Responding to news that the government of Nauru has passed a law severely restricting medical transfers to Australia for refugees and asylum seekers, Meghna Abraham, Amnesty International’s Director of Global Thematic Issues, said: “This move by the Nauru government is a dangerous and callous act that could have deadly consequences for the women, men and children whom Australia has exiled there. “Nauru has failed to provide refugees with the health care they desperately need. Denying them medical transfers is yet another blow and demonstrates just how far the human rights of refugees have

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Australia: Future still uncertain for detained children from Nauru

Refugee children take part in a protest in March 2015 against their resettlement on Nauru and living conditions on the island
Refugee children take part in a protest in March 2015 against their resettlement on Nauru and living conditions on the island

‘It is imperative that moving them off Nauru does not lead to further detention in Australia’ - Charmain Mohammed Responding to the Australian government’s announcement that it will remove all children from its offshore detention centre on Nauru within two months, Charmain Mohammed, Amnesty International’s Head of Refugee and Migrant Rights, said: “We are encouraged that politicians are finally starting to listen to the Australian people, many of whom have expressed disgust at the situation on Nauru. “This announcement represents a long overdue acknowledgment by the Australian government that

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Australia: Refugee children on Nauru facing 'dire health situation'

Children playing near the Refugee Processing Centre on Nauru
Children playing near the Refugee Processing Centre on Nauru © Private

With the critical situation on Nauru deteriorating even further, Amnesty International is calling on the Australian government to show leadership, and urgently bring all refugees and asylum-seekers to Australia. Dr Graham Thom, Amnesty International Australia’s Refugee Coordinator, said: “The Australian chief medical officer has reportedly been deported, which will only compound the dire health situation for people on Nauru, including the more than 80 children who have suffered for over five years. "Continuity of care is crucial for such a large number of refugees, including children with such

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Australia: 'Wretched situation' for refugees on Nauru as health crisis escalates

In response to the urgent call made by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) today for all refugees and asylum-seekers to be immediately evacuated from Nauru, Roshika Deo, Pacific Researcher at Amnesty International, said: “Today the world learned first-hand, from medical experts, exactly how wretched the situation is for Nauru’s refugees and vulnerable people. “Australian and Nauruan governments were repeatedly warned of the escalating health crisis resulting from a cruel and broken offshore detention system – they can no longer pretend otherwise. “The Nauru government’s decision to end MSF’s health

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Australia: Another tragic death in Nauru's offshore detention centre

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‘Australia’s reckless and cruel refugee policies continue to endanger lives and must end immediately’ - Kate Schuetze Responding to the tragic news that a 26-year-old Iranian man reportedly died on Nauru this morning, Kate Schuetze, Amnesty International’s Refugee Researcher, said: “This is extremely sad and heartbreaking news. Amnesty International is extending our sincere condolences to the man’s family and friends. “This tragic death is the second death to occur in Australia’s offshore system in a matter of weeks, following the death of a Rohingya refugee on Manus Island on 22 May, and the

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Oct 11 2017 3:37PM
Australia's shame - why Europe must not follow its hard-hearted policies on refugees

By Claire Mallinson, Director of Amnesty Australia Naru, an island of despair The Australian government’s offshore processing system for refugees and asylum-seekers on Nauru and Manus Island is harsh and cruel. Our report on Nauru...

Apr 5 2017 4:58PM
These businesses are making millions running Nauru refugee detention centre

By Peter Frankental, our Business and Human Rights Programme Director In a remote corner of the Pacific Ocean, the Australian government has created an island of despair, where refugees fleeing persecution are trapped and live in...

Spanish multinational with major business links in UK makes millions from Australia's torture of refugees

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A multinational company responsible for running the Australian government’s refugee “processing” centre on Nauru, with major business links in the UK, is making millions of dollars from a system that amounts to torture of refugees and people seeking asylum, Amnesty International said today. A new briefing, ‘Treasure I$land’, exposes how Spanish multinational Ferrovial and its Australian subsidiary Broadspectrum are complicit in, and reaping vast profits from, Australia’s cruel and secretive refugee “processing” system on the Pacific island. Although based in Spain, the greatest proportion of

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Feb 28 2017 6:30PM
The human rights violators’ playbook: how to respond to an Amnesty International report

By Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research When we released a report documenting the mass hanging of thousands of prisoners in Syria’s Saydnaya Prison, the Syrian government was put on the back foot...

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