UN Attack Nauru’s Treat­ment Of Asy­lum Seeker Chil­dren

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The United Na­tions has crit­i­cised the Nau­ruan Gov­ern­ment’s treat­ment of asy­lum seeker and refugee chil­dren, urg­ing the Pa­cific na­tion to im­prove its per­for­mance on a num­ber of fronts. In its lat­est re­port, the UN’s Com­mit­tee on the Rights of the Child found chil­dren in Nauru faced big risks as a re­sult of be­ing held in the con­tro­ver­sial fa­cil­i­ties. “Asy­lum seek­ing and refugee chil­dren face sig­nif­i­cant phys­i­cal and de­vel­op­men­tal risks as a re­sult of liv­ing in cramped, hu­mid and lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tions in the Re­gional Pro­cess­ing Cen­tres,” the 17-page re­port states.

It also high­lighted the “in­hu­man and de­grad­ing treat­ment, in­clud­ing phys­i­cal, psy­cho­log­i­cal and sex­ual abuse, against asy­lum seek­ing and refugee chil­dren liv­ing in the Re­gional Pro­cess­ing Cen tres.” An­other con­cern out lined in the re­port, re­leased this week, was in­creas­ing re­stric­tions on me­dia ac­cess to the tin is­land na­tion.

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