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3rd August 2016, 17:44:06 UTC

The Australian Government is forcing 1,200 men, women and children seeking safety in Australia to live in abhorrent conditions in Nauru which has been described by Amnesty’s top researcher as “essentially like an open-air prison”.

Our latest investigation has uncovered that the government is going to great lengths to deliberately inflict suffering on refugees and people seeking asylum, and to hide this abuse from the eyes of the world.

Despite the wall of secrecy built by the Australian & Nauruan Governments, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch conducted a 12 day investigation inside Nauru to uncover the truth behind the treatment of people searching for protection and freedom.

This rare investigation shines a light on the atrocious treatment of men, women and children – including routine neglect and at times the denial of medical care by the main health services company hired by the Australian Government.

Anna Neistat, Amnesty’s most senior investigator, reveals that the Australian Government has “designed a system of deliberate abuse” to deter people seeking safety who arrive by boat.

One woman interviewed by our researchers said: ”people here don’t have a real life. We are just surviving. We are dead souls in living bodies. We are just husks. We don’t have any hope or motivation”.

This secret and systematic abuse carried our by the Australian Government must end now.

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