1 Oct 2014

Release of unaccompanied minors on Nauru said to be result of protests

8:58 pm on 1 October 2014

Australia's Refugee Action Coalition says the recent release of unaccompanied minors from the Nauru detention centre indicates that protests there are having some effect.

Twenty-nine unaccompanied minors were released into community housing on Tuesday, following a series of protests in the detention camps.

80 refugees also marched peacefully on the Australian High Commission earlier this week, directing chants against Australia's Immigration Minister, Scott Morrison.

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Nauru has seen a series of protests in the past week. Photo: supplied

Ian Rintoul says the surprising move to release the unaccompanied minors is a direct consequence of the protests.

"We'll see whether that remains when things settle down, but the fact that they have been released into the community is a step forward. I think in that respect it's a small indication that some things have been gained by the protests."

Ian Rintoul says until there is a proper solution for re-settlement, the discontent among refugees can only grow.