Australia deliberately mocks the refugees in offshore camps to try to stop people seeking asylum in the country, say human rights groups in a new report.
Daily violence, suicide, children left without medical treatment in the institution recorded Amnesty International and human rights watch during a visit to the detention center of Australia on the remote Pacific island of Nauru in July.
The children's Department for human rights and senior lawyer Michael Bochenek was one of two researchers who visited the island with a legal visa, but without notifying the authorities directly about his intentions.
"In my experience there is no other developed country that I can think of who is pursuing this line of behavior with people who fled from persecution, seeking freedom, who are not charged with any crime," said Bochenek.
Human rights activists said the Australian government was well aware of the issues on Nauru and seem to use them to deter other potential asylum-seekers. However, the Australian officials said they wrote about the claims and categorically deny that "many" of them.
In the report are interviews of refugees, "the People here have no real life. We're just surviving. We are dead souls in living organisms," said one woman. "We're just husks. We have no hope or motivation."
During his visit to the island, Bochenek said that refugees told him that they suffer regular harassment by the local population, they have poor medical treatment, and they often discuss suicide, including children under the age of 10.
Since 2012, refugees who arrive in Australia on the ship have been moved to offshore centers in small ostrovakh Pacific, such as Nauru and the Islands of Papua New Guinea's Manus. It was clear that they would not live in Australia.
Australian leaders tried in this way to stop people drowning at sea, despite the numerous reports of abuses in the naval camps of the country. According to the government in the period from 2007 to 2013, at least 1,200 people died trying to travel across water.
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