1. Accusations of sexual abuse and rape on Nauru
Warning this item deals with sexual abuse and may be distressing for some readers.
Horrifying claims of sexual abuse of women and children by guards has emerged from the detention centre on Nauru.
Fairfax Media reports that a female detainee detailed allegations including threats she would be raped if her refugee status was recognised.
She says she was told “When you get out of here, we have a plan for you. We are going to find you and f— you.”
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for an independent investigation into the claims.
Fairfax Media reports that female asylum seekers say they were told by guards they must “expose their bodies in order to be allowed to shower for longer than two minutes.”
And that one guard who no longer works on the island forced two underage asylum seekers to have sex in front of him.
2. Hong Kong protests
Extraordinary scenes in Hong Kong with tens of thousands of young protestors stopping the streets – their protests organised through social media.
Into Monday night demonstrations on the streets of Hong Kong grew after police tried to disperse crowds using batons and tear gas.
CNN reports that students mobilised through using group chat apps like Whatsapp and Firechat to organise a splinter protest.
Riot police later withdrew.
The protestors are being called an umbrella revolution as, wary of tear gas they have armed themselves with umbrellas, as well as wearing surgical masks and wrapping cling wrap around their eyes.
3. Inquest into Chloe Valentine
An inquest into the death of four-year old Chloe Valentine who died after being forced to repeatedly ride a motorbike has heard that her mother Ashlee Polkinghorne was not drug tested by Families SA because it was “just too difficult”.
The Advertiser reports that Polkinghorne knew that and the young addict knew that and exploited the fact.
The SA State Coroner is investigating Families SA’s handling of 21 abuse notifications. They were received about Chloe from before her birth through to her death in January 2012.