Asylum Seeker bashed on Nauru – Tensions growing

reposted from Mark Gillespie’s facebook post on 15th October 2013 at 1.52am

11 hours ago

MEDIA RELEASE

TENSIONS GROWING ON NAURU: LOCALS BANNED FROM DETENTION CENTRE AFTER  ASYLUM SEEKER ATTACKED BY SALVO WORKER

A fight between asylum seekers and a Nauruan local last Friday, 11  October, has resulted in all local Nauruan workers being banned from  Bravo compound of the main detention centre on Nauru. Reports indicate  that the Nauruan local who attacked the Lebanese detainee works for  the Salvation Army.

The Lebanese detainee hit by the Salvation Army worker required  stitiches to a head injury. There are also more reports of self-harm,  attempted suicides and individual hunger strikes in Bravo compound.

Bravo compound is a separate area of the main compound holding around  70 people who are still facing charges resulting from the 19 July  protests.

The fight came only two days after Scott Morrison visited the detention centre.

Tensions have been increasing particularly in recent weeks driven by  the overcrowding as more asylum seekers have been dumped in the  makeshift tent camp.

There are long lines to use the limited number of toilets (there are  now around 10 toilets for between 500-600 people; queues at meal times  with waits up to an hour; lines for the strictly regulated four-minute  showers. The condition of the toilets is appalling and there is an  epidemic of skin problems, particularly on their feet, attributed to  the filthy conditions.

Complaints about inadequate medical treatment are also growing. “They  just can’t treat people,” one asylum seeker told the Refugee Action  Coalition.

Fuelling the tensions is also the discrimination against the 150 of  the detainees are expecting the outcomes of their refugee assessment.  Some have now been waiting seven months for a decision. While they  languish in detention, others who were not processed have been  returned to Australia and released on bridging visas.

Tensions have been running high between locals and the asylum seekers  since the detention centre burned on 19 July. One Australian worker at  the detention centre has told the Refugee Action Coalition that  clashes between Nauruan guards and asylum seekers have been increasing  and that the clashes has also resulted in an increased number of  beatings of asylum seekers by Nauruan guards.

There are also reports of Nauruan detention workers being harassed by  other locals hostile to the presence of the detention centre.

“Scott Morrison’s media blackout can’t hide the abuses being inflicted  on the asylum seekers being sent to Nauru. Neither the Australian nor  the Nauruan government has any excuse for withholding the decisions of  refugee processing. Prolonging their imprisonment is a form of  physical and mental abuse,” said Ian Rintoul, on behalf of the Refugee  Action Coalition.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713

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