20 Jun 2014

Nauru Govt refugee holiday criticised

9:14 am on 20 June 2014

An Australian refugee rights advocate says a decision by the Nauru Government to make World Refugee Day a public holiday is farcical.

The Nauru Government says it has declared June 20 a holiday in recognition of refugees.

To date, 41 refugees are now living in the Nauru community - 29 are in family groups and 12 are single adult men, but hundreds more are detained in the asylum seeker camps

Pamela Cur, from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, says she finds the idea of a public holiday confounding.

"These are farcical, political shenanigans that all our governments are capable of doing but it is meaningless. What is the future for the people in the camps on Nauru? 41 have been released, there are 1100 still locked up who have no future."

Pamela Curr says conditions at the Nauru camps are appalling and making World Refugee Day a holiday is a token move by the Nauru Government.