Nauruan police admit asylum seeker attacked

Confirmation is small consolation as yet another woman on Nauru is forced to accept that assaults will go uncharged. Nauru not safe – a place of persecution not protection paid for by Australia
Pamela Curr
ASRC Refugee Rights Advocate

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Refugee Action Coalition


Nauruan police have finally admitted that an Iranian asylum seeker was
savagely attacked last Saturday night, 16 May.

The 23 year-old female Iranian asylum seeker had been stripped,
seriously bashed and robbed. A sexual assault has not been confirmed,
and the police have not been able to interview the victim.

But after three days of denials, in the face of growing anger and the
women’s protest, the Nauruan police finally back-flipped and admitted
the obvious.

A group of police attended yesterday’s protest (Tuesday 19 May) at
Beach House, announcing that they did accept that the Iranian woman
had been attacked.

“We will find and catch the people who did this,” the police told the protest.

But finally admitting the obvious, is cold comfort for refugees. When
refugee women asked about their safety – police told them to ‘look
after yourselves.’

It is clear that without the protest, there would not have been any
police response.

But it was more than the protesters got inside Beach House from the
boss Connect, the Australian funded service providers. Connect had
shrugged off the attach, saying all they would do is pass their
question to those who are in charge.

“The Connect response was a disgrace and the police admission is a
case of too little, too late,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the
Refugee Action Coalition. “Too many complaints have been ignored. The
attackers act with impunity, knowing they will never be pursued by the

“The Nauruan police are both unwilling and unable to protect refugees
from attacks. Indeed the police themselves have been responsible for
attacking refugees.”

Meanwhile those responsible for the attackers are free to taunt and
terrify the refugees. Nauru is too small for refugees to avoid those
who are responsible for the attacks.

In an attempt to cover-up the abuse of asylum seekers and refugees on
Nauru, the government has recently shut down Facebook and introduced
laws banning free speech and the right to assembly.

“But the truth is out,” said Rintoul, “Nauru is unsafe. This attack
adds to the revelations that are emerging from the Senate enquiry into
the Moss report of sexual and pohysiavl abuse on Nauru.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417275713

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