Detainees on Pacific island "completely without hope"

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Chitra Massey (centre). Photo: UNIC Canberra

Migrants and refugees being held on the Pacific island of Nauru are "completely without hope" according to the regional head of the UN human rights office, OHCHR.

Nauru has been operating an off-shore processing centre for the Australian government despite calls from the UN and other organizations to shut it down.

A vast majority of the people in these centres were transferred by Australia to Nauru more than three years ago.

Many women have said they have been sexually assaulted at the centre.

Julia Dean has been speaking to Chitra Massey who heads up OHCHR's regional office in Fiji.

Duration: 5'04"

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