November 19, 2015
Refugee Action Coalition
MEDIA RELEASENAURU POLICE IGNORE SAVAGE ASSAULT AS ASYLUM SEEKER FLOWN TO AUSTRALIA
FOR URGENT TREATMENT
Reza, an Iranian asylum seeker on Nauru, has been flown to Australia
for urgent medical treatment for a broken jaw and facial injuries
after a savage assault by a local bus driver.
The assault took place on Sunday, 15 November. Reza was medivacced to
Australia on Monday, 16 November.
The assault took place following a routine bus ride from the single
men’s camp. A group of around six asylum seekers began a sing-a-long
in the bus, when the bus driver took offence and demanded that they
stop the singing and clapping.
When the asylum seekers refused and argued with the driver, he drove
to the central police station. The driver demanded that the police
intervene. But the police refused after asking whether any of the
passengers had any complaints. The asylum seekers on the bus insisted
they were just ‘sharing the love’.
The Nauruan diver then drove a short distance from the police station,
pulled Reza off the bus and delivered two punches, smashing his jaw,
and eye, leaving him unconscious.
Reza was taken to the Nauru hospital and then to the IHMS clinic in
the old detention centre.
On Monday morning, 16 November, Reza was flown to Australia for
No action has been taken by the Nauruan police against the bus driver.
“The bus driver is readily identifiable; there is no shortage of
witnesses, but so far the Nauruan police have done nothing to bring
the attacker to account,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the
Refugee Action Coalition.
“Just like the un-investigated sexual assaults, this is another
instance of locals carrying out acts of violence against asylum
seekers and refugees with impunity. The local police are completely
unwilling to investigate or lay charges against local Nauruans.
“Rather than being protected, offshore processing has left refugees
vulnerable to more acts of violence and abuse. Nauru must be closed.”
For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713