MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper published over 2,000 leaked files on the state of affairs in the Australia-run asylum-seeker center on Nauru Island, revealing large-scale abuse, with 51.3 percent of cases involving minors.
According to the newspaper, an analysis of the leaked files revealed that the Wilson Security company, which was charged with protecting the asylum seekers in Nauru, routinely understated the gravity of the reported incidents, including sexual assault and self-harm, with no legitimate reason for downgrading the risk, thus breaching the reporting rules for such matters.
The Nauru facility was opened in 2001 and ran until 2008. In 2012, it was reopened following a surge in the number of maritime arrivals of asylum seekers.
Earlier in August, two prominent human rights organizations — Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch — published a report based on their representatives' undercover visits to the Nauru processing center, which concluded that refugees held in Nauru were being attacked on a daily basis, subjected to inhuman living conditions and denied medical care while the authorities of both countries ignored the violations.