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    UN Concerned by Rape, Discrimination of Refugee Children in Nauru Camps

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    The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child urged authorities of Nauru to "adopt permanent and sustainable resettlement options for refugees, in particular, for children and their families," and ensure they get access to jobs, housing and other opportunities.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child is deeply concerned over allegations that children held at Australian-funded Nauru’s refugee camps are exposed to sexual abuse and discrimination, a report published Friday said.

    The Committee said that children living in Nauru’s Regional Processing Centers continue to suffer from "Inhuman and degrading treatment, including physical, psychological and sexual abuse" due to "limited capacity" of the national police to investigate these crimes.

    The UN urged authorities of the island nation to "adopt permanent and sustainable resettlement options for refugees, in particular, for children and their families," and ensure they get access to jobs, housing and other opportunities.

    Nauru has been holding hundreds of refugees, trying to reach Australia, in fenced-off processing centers. The United Nations warned that cramped and humid conditions were detrimental to the mental and physical well-being of children and has led to self-harm and suicide attempts by kids as young as 11.

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