Thursday, August 11, 2016

Australia's gulag guards lied to Parliament

Yesterday the Guardian released more than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia's refugee concentration camp on Nauru. One of the revelations? Their gulag guards Wilson Security lied to Parliament about the number of sexual assaults that happened under their watch:

The Guardian can also reveal that some of the incidents disclosed in the logs in 2014 and 2015 were not reported by Wilson Security when it was asked to provide materials to an Australian parliamentary inquiry into Nauru in 2015.

An Australian Senate inquiry examined conditions and allegations of abuse at the centre. Wilson Security was asked by Hanson-Young for details of all known incidents or allegations of sexual assault, child abuse and assaults on minors.

The company later provided a table of reports of sexual abuse and child abuse to the Senate.

But the Guardian’s analysis shows the reports provided by Wilson Security to parliament are incomplete and that incidents that occurred several months before the hearing were not reported. Although not every allegation will necessarily be proved, the documents Hanson-Young requested concerned allegations, not proven offences.

At least 16 serious cases of child abuse and sexual assault were not disclosed by Wilson Security to the Senate. The sexual assault allegations not reported include:

Wilson Security is in denial, but the files don't lie. And they should be facing contempt of parliament charges for it.