When a government threatens to imprison people for speaking about what they see in government-funded institutions — that doesn’t look much like a democracy.
As of today, it is illegal to report child abuse on Nauru.
In fact, it is illegal to report pretty much anything that happens in offshore detention centres.
And as of today, reporting anything seen in detention centres could see people go to jail for up to two years.
That is a scary, scary thing.
Basically, that means that anyone who is contracted by the government to work in offshore detention centres can’t say squat about what’s happening behind the barbed wire fences – no matter how awful the stories might be.
This umbrella includes doctors, nurses, aid workers, and security personnel – people with a distinct responsibility to protect those within the centres. Professionals who have an obligation to report abuse should it occur.