Nauru Officials Take No Action After Asylum Seeker Assault

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Bus driver allegedly viciously beat victim in full view of witnesses

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 19, 2015) – Australia's Refugee Action Coalition says no action was taken in Nauru after a bus driver assaulted and injured an asylum seeker.

The assault occurred in full view of six witnesses, leaving the man with a broken jaw and facial injuries.

He has been flown to Australia for urgent medical attention.

Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalition says the Nauru police have done nothing, with the government also remaining silent.

"There's a lack of political will absolutely, in terms of chasing any, or investigating any, you know, local Nauruan they think may have been perpetrators of this kind of violence. But it's clear that that attitude, you know, comes from the top."

Mr Rintoul says offshore processing has left refugees more vulnerable to acts of violence and abuse.

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