In this Sept. 21, 2001, file photo, men shave, brush their teeth and prepare for the day at a refugee camp on the Island of Nauru. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File)
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Thousands of leaked reports detailing allegations of sexual assault, child abuse and self-harm in Australian immigration facilities on Nauru were published Wednesday, prompting rights groups to renew calls for refugees to be resettled elsewhere.Under Canberra's current policy, asylum-seekers arriving by boat are sent to the remote Pacific island of Nauru or Papua New Guinea's Manus Island even if they are refugees. While the flow of asylum boats to Australia has dried up, some 442 people remain on tiny Nauru and almost double that on Manus, refusing to return home and denied resettlement in Australia. More than 2,000 incident reports leaked to The Guardian Australia include allegations of asylum-seekers, including children, on Nauru facing assaults, sexual abuse and mental distress.
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