Australia Allows Abuse of Refugees to Deter Others, Rights Groups Say

August 3, 2016 9:52 AM

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Australia Allows Abuse of Refugees to Deter Others, Rights Groups Say

SYDNEY, Australia — Asylum seekers and refugees being held on Nauru under Australia’s harsh immigration laws are being deliberately subjected to suffering to deter others from trying to reach Australia, human rights researchers said after visiting the tiny island nation.

“The Australian government is commissioning the abuse of these people,” Anna Neistat, a senior director for research at Amnesty International who spent five days on Nauru in July, said by telephone from Paris on Wednesday. “It pays for the companies that detain the refugees, it pays for the guards, ...

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