Farrell, Paul, Nick Evershed & Helen Davidson: The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

Farrell, Paul, Nick Evershed & Helen Davidson

The Nauru files: 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention‘, Guardian Australia, 10 August 2016 updated

Leaked files reveal assaults, sexual assault and self-harm.

The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime.

More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than 8,000 pages – are published by the Guardian today. The Nauru files set out as never before the assaults, sexual abuse, self-harm attempts, child abuse and living conditions endured by asylum seekers held by the Australian government, painting a picture of routine dysfunction and cruelty.

There are links to an interactive database with reports characterised by severity and type and to other reports. The revelations come just a couple of weeks after the story ‘broke’ of abuse of children in detention in the Northern Territory. That expose led to a Royal Commission.

Early reaction to the Nauru files. Also ABC Online, The Conversation, Sky News, News, Fairfax. Ben Doherty in Guardian Australia on the ‘casual brutality’ revealed. Government reaction.

Comment on the government reaction. More comment from New Matilda. Katharine Murphy, Ben Doherty and Doherty and Paul Farrell in Guardian Australia, looking particularly at the possibility of a parliamentary inquiry. Melanie Baak in The Conversation on the institutionalised dehumanisation associated with the treatment of asylum seekers. Royal Commission may investigate.

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