19 Sep 2016

Another Nauru detention camp agency pulls out

7:27 pm on 19 September 2016
Protest on Nauru

Protest on Nauru Photo: Refugee Action Coalition

A company contracted to provide support for refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru is pulling out, after deciding it would not re-tender for the contract.

The Guardian reports sources on Nauru saying Connect Settlement Services told workers and refugees at a meeting on Monday it would be gone by Christmas.

The agency, which took over after Save the Children pulled out last year, is believed to have consistently raised concerns about poor mental healthcare and child protection services on Nauru.

CSS is the third major contractor to announce a pull out in recent weeks after the security contractor, Wilson Security, and the main contractor, Ferrovial, which took over Broadspectrum, announced they would not seek to renew contracts.

Meanwhile more leaked reports have revealed more violent incidents on Nauru.

Files describing human rights abuses were leaked to the Guardian last month, prompting the Nauru government to claim they were fabricated and its police force diligent in responding to complaints.

The fresh information, also carried by the Guardian, is underestood to be from reports written by CSS staff.

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