Australia rejects Amnesty’s torture claim for refugees detained on Nauru

On Tuesday the Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull denied the claims made in a new Amnesty International report that describes the condition’s at Australia’s refugee detainment center on the island nation of Nauru as an “open air prison.”

The United Nations and numerous human rights organizations have called for the Australian government stop outsourcing refugee processing to detainment centers on the island nations of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. But as new evidence of widespread physical and psychological abuse, inadequate medical and mental health care, and poor living conditions began surfacing in August that human rights groups say amounts to a form of systemic torture, the government’s denial has continued.

“I reject that claim totally, it is absolutely false,” Mr. Turnbull told an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio program Tuesday. “The Australian government’s commitment is compassionate and it is strong.” READ MORE.