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23 Sep 2015

Paul Farrell, Guardian (UK)

Nauru: Human rights group says that Transfield Services could be liable for failing to disclose abuses at detention centres; company denies claims

“Transfield could face legal action over Nauru and Manus abuses, group warns”, 20 Sep 2015

The failure of Transfield Services to disclose its contribution to human rights abuses at the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres could see its directors and corporate officers face legal liability, a new group has warned. The No Business Against Abuse group has been quietly working to persuade investors to put pressure on Transfield over its role managing Australia’s asylum seeker processing centres on Nauru and Manus Island by divesting, and encouraging local businesses not to contract with the company…Transfield Services circulated a statement to investors to defend its management [seeking] to diminish extensive media reporting, Senate inquiries and independent investigations that have highlighted systemic abuse...NBIA [responded by] saying the company had failed to disclose a series of relevant and recent findings by domestic and legal authorities [and that] the company’s officers could face liability for failing to outline some of these issues…[The Transfield statement also said:] “Transfield Services is aware that assertions have been made that the company and its directors and officers could be sued in connection with breaches of ‘human rights’ and other ‘international laws’. There is no legitimate basis for these assertions..."