5 Apr 2017

Amnesty issues stark warning to Nauru camp companies

From , 3:04 pm on 5 April 2017

Amnesty International is warning companies servicing the Australian run refugee detention centre on Nauru that they are complicit in human rights abuse.

The international agency in a new report, 'Treasure I$land'  says the main contractor on the island, the Spanish multi-national Ferrovial, through its subsidiary, Broadspectrum, has made millions, perhaps billions of dollars, out of running the camps.

Amnesty New Zealand's campaign director, Meg deRonde, told Don Wiseman that the Australian Government has created islands of despair on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea, but they have created 'islands of profit' for Ferrovial and Broadspectrum.

A small group of Muslim refugees pray at sunset while other refugees participate in a football match at a camp for the asylum seekers on Nauru, 20 September 2001. The first of hundreds of mainly Afghan refugees arrived on the island 19 September from the Australian troopship Manoora.

Photo: AFP