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Nauru Finance Minister Attacks Vanstone over MOU


Nauru Finance Minister Attacks Vanstone over MOU

In a letter, posted in The Age today, Nauru's Finance Minister launched an attack on Australia's Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone over her comments that the hunger strikers are not Australia's responsibility.

The letter, spotted by refugee advocates, is reprinted below.

In the letter, the Minister Clodumar concludes that Australia has breached its Memorandum of Understanding with Nauru, as well as its humanitarian obligations.

"It must now be clear that Australia's treatment of asylum seekers is as shoddy as its treatment of the Republic of Nauru. Not only is the treatment of detainees on Nauru is flagrant breach of the International Declaration of Human Rights in many ways, the government has been shown up in a simple letter to the Editor by the Nauruan government."

"It is clear, and Project SafeCom demands this in the strongest possible terms, that the government spin put out by Vanstone about the standard of medical care on Nauru cannot be trusted, and under the Terms of the 1991 Malta Declaration, Project SafeCom demands immediate access to the Hunger Strikers by an independent medical team."

"Several highly qualified medical professionals around Australia, members of the "Allied Health Professionals for Asylum Seekers" have already expressed they are ready to depart and available, and these people must now be admitted to Nauru."

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