NAURU OPEN CAMP MEANINGLESS: YOUNG REFUGEES ATTACKED 1

Refugee Action Coalition
MEDIA RELEASE

BASHINGS AND RAPES MAKE A MOCKERY OF AN OPEN CAMP ON NAURU.

YOUNG REFUGEES ATTACKED ON NAURU

Two eighteen year-old refugees, have been attacked on Nauru.

The attack took place around 11.30pm on Wednesday, 30 September as the
two refugees returned to their camp at Ewa.

The two men, Jafar, an Afghan refugee, and Zijah, a Pakistani refugee,
were ambushed as they were walking into the Ewa refugee camp, by up to
12 local Nauruan men.

Along with the abuse hurled at the refugees, the attackers demanded
money and stole their mobile phones.

Zijah was left with severe cuts on his knee, his hand as well as
extensive bruising and scratches on his back from being knocked to the
ground. (Photograph attached. Zijah on the right.)

The Ewa has also been the site of a rape and a number of attacks on
single refugee women; but, in what has become typical of the lack of
local police response to attacks on refugees, the police did not
attend.

The refugees, themselves, went to the police station to make a
statement. They later went to the hospital for treatment for the cuts
and abrasions, when the ambulance also filed to attend the scene of
the attack.

“This has got to stop,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee
Action Coalition, “The situation on Nauru is badly out of control. The
safety of the refugees cannot be guaranteed.

“There is no security in the community or the refugee camps. There is
no lighting. The government has simply created camps where single
women and young refugees are preyed upon with impunity.”

Responding to the announcement that the Nauru government intends to
create an “open camp” arrangement for asylum seeker, Ian Rintoul,
said, “The vicious attacks on refugee women in the community and these
latest bashings make the ‘open camp’ arrangement a meaningless
gesture. The Australian government is trying to avoid elements of the
M68 case before the High Court starting 7 October.

“Some people found to be refugees are just too afraid to leave the
detention centre. One Iranian refugee was savagely raped in May while
she was in the community as under the open camp arrangement.

“The whole of Nauru is a dangerous gulag if you are an asylum seeker
or a refugee.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713