Over the years, there have been multiple reports of daily physical abuse for the detainees. There have been hunger strikes, widespread self-harm, and reports of people sewing their lips shut. A former nurse in 2013 described the Nauru detention center as a concentration camp. The Australian Human Rights Commission describes the living conditions at Nauru as "very hot and cramped conditions in vinyl tents, with no privacy or air-conditioning."
There have also been multiple reports of sexual assault and attempted suicide. Last spring, an independent review by a former integrity commissioner described a horrific culture at Nauru of sexual violence, the sexual assault of minors, and guards trading marijuana for sexual favors from female detainees.
One girl recently told the ABC that after 12 months of daily taunts and physical abuse from guards, she attempted to kill herself.
Two refugees who were allegedly raped at Nauru are currently being treated in Australia.