Asylum seekers who have fled states that outlaw their sexuality or gender identity are escaping the threat of abuse, imprisonment and even murder, but the public debate over asylum seekers and offshore detention centres largely overlooks their plight. LGBTQ+ asylum seekers detained in centres on Manus Island and Nauru are especially vulnerable to violence. The Refugee Council of Australia notes that ‚there have been consistent and alarming reports of abuse (sexual and otherwise), including of those living in the community in Nauru and of gay and lesbian people’. Similarly, Human Rights Watch noted in their recently released World Report 2017that ‚gay asylum seekers on Manus Island have reported being shunned, sexually abused, or assaulted by other asylum seekers’.
March 10 / SATPR News
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