Nauru

Hackers leak Nauru police emails in protest against Australia’s offshore detention

A trove of emails purported to belong to the Nauru Police Force were released in May 2022 by an anonymous group of hackers in protest against Australia’s use of the country for offshore immigration processing. The emails show that asylum seekers and refugees in Nauru are still frequently attempting suicide and self-harming — with threats of self-immolation common. The internal emails between police also reveal a flippant attitude towards the plight of detainees, as well as a resistance to media scrutiny.
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Hackers leak Nauru police emails in protest against Australia’s offshore detention

Rights groups slam plans to continue offshore processing for asylum seekers in Nauru

Human rights groups have slammed plans to maintain “an enduring form” of offshore processing for asylum seekers on the island state of Nauru. A Queensland court found that an Iranian refugee, who set himself on fire in 2018 on Nauru in protest at his indefinite detention, would almost certainly have survived if he had been better cared for, or transferred more quickly to an Australian hospital. Read more

Rights groups slam plans to continue offshore processing for asylum seekers in Nauru

Concerns about deep sea mining, freedom of expression in Nauru

In recent months, activists have been concerned about plans by Nauru to allow deep sea mining. At the same time the government has failed to support UN recommendations to protect media freedom and repeal defamation laws Read more

Concerns about deep sea mining, freedom of expression in Nauru

UN Human Rights Council calls on Nauru to remove barriers for foreign journalists and NGOs

Nauru’s human rights record was reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council on 27th January 2021. There were a number of recommendations related to press freedom and barriers to access the country for journalists and NGOs.
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UN Human Rights Council calls on Nauru to remove barriers for foreign journalists and NGOs

Human rights group submits report on Nauru to the UN ahead of its 2021 review

In July 2020, human rights group Amnesty International submitted a report to the UN ahead of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nauru to be held in January-February 2021. Amnesty International evaluated the implementation of recommendations made to Nauru in its previous UPR and makes recommendations in relation to improving the national human rights framework, strengthening the right to a fair trial, protecting rights to freedom of expression and ending harmful refugee policies.
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Human rights group submits report on Nauru to the UN ahead of its 2021 review

‘Nauru-19’ activists all released from prison

The last of the members of the so called 'Nauru-19' protesters, former cabinet minister Mathew Batsiua, was released from prison in April 2020. In February 2020, the International Criminal Court (ICC) found that detention conditions of refugees in Nauru may constitute a breach of international law Read more

‘Nauru-19’ activists all released from prison

Despite political change in Nauru, judiciary convicts 2015 protesters

In December 2019, a group of high-profile protesters known as the Nauru 19 were found guilty of rioting and other charges. They were charged after they had organised a protest outside parliament in June 2015 against the suspension of three parliamentarians for granting interviews, critical of the government, to foreign media. Read more

Despite political change in Nauru, judiciary convicts 2015 protesters

Appeal court overturns halt on charges for Nauru 19 protesters

In June 2019, the new court of appeal threw out the permanent stay of execution on the 2015 charges against a group of protesters. The Australia run refugee detention centres on Nauru remain inaccessible to the media. Read more

Appeal court overturns halt on charges for Nauru 19 protesters

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

The appeals process for the Nauru 19 protesters prosecuted in 2015 were scheduled to start in December 2018 but has been delayed. In February 2019, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced that it will resume treating asylum seekers and refugees in the Australian offshore refugee detention centre on Nauru via video and phone. About 300 refugees remain on Nauru. Read more

Judicial harassment of Nauru 19 protesters continue

MSF forced to terminate mental health services for refugees and leave

On 6th October 2018, Nauru’s government ordered Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to stop work there immediately and leave the island, despite a physical and mental health crisis in the country. Read more

MSF forced to terminate mental health services for refugees and leave