Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) cited ICAAD in its recent submission to the Australian Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs – Conditions and Treatment of Asylum Seekers and Refugees at the Regional Processing Centres in the Republic of Nauru and Papua New Guinea:

“In a submission to Nauru’s UPR by the International Center for Advocates Against Discrimination, it was emphasised that sexual harassment is not criminalised in Nauru and only instances of sexual harassment with a physical assault involved are punishable by law in Nauru. Rape and indecent assault on women account for only 1 per cent of violent crimes prosecuted. For those cases that are prosecuted, the sexual history of the women can be mentioned to imply that the victim was promiscuous. For victims, there are counselling services on Nauru, but none that deal with sexual assault.”

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