Human Rights Groups: Australia Is Using Refugee Abuse As A Deterrent
Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch claim the government is ignoring the abuse to deter other refugees from entering Australia.By Briana Altergott | August 3, 2016
Two human rights groups have accused the Australian government of ignoring alleged inhumane treatment of refugees who are being held on the Pacific island of Nauru.
And those groups claim the alleged abuse is meant to deter other asylum seekers from going to Australia by boat.
"We choose Australia because at least we thought it's a first-world country, and it supports women and children's rights. But we were just wrong. I mean, they've tortured us for three years now," said one refugee.