29 Mar 2016

Asylum seekers on Nauru determined to keep up protests

1:17 pm on 29 March 2016

Refugee advocates say asylum seekers protesting since early last week on Nauru are resolved to continue their action until they are determined to be refugees.

Protest on Nauru

Protest on Nauru Photo: Refugee Action Coalition

Their action is over the long time it is taking to process their applications as some people have been detained by Australia on the island for more than 1,000 days.

In October, the Nauru government announced it would finalise the claims within a week.

Australia's Refugee Action Coalition's, Ian Rintoul, said it's unforgivable that they had been held for so long.

"If you look at the time that the UNHCR maybe takes in other places we are not talking three years those assessments can be made in Canada, the US, Britain and northern Europe in a matter of weeks in some cases. It's unforgivable that people held for so long," he said.

Last week, Nauru's justice minister, David Adeang, told a conference in Bali that Nauru had developed a robust processing system and a vibrant refugee settlement programme, with asylum seeker centres open 24 hours a day.

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