Reading The Nauru Files

18 July 2018 to 20 July 2018
Online via Facebook Live
People from around the world will read The Nauru Files live on Facebook



Nauru Files Live


From 9am Nauru Time on the 19th of July until 9am on the 20th of July 2018, people from around the world will read The Nauru Files as part of a networked performance live streamed on this Facebook event page


The Nauru Files are leaked reports from medic and paramedic staff relating to abuses, self-harms and neglects of refugees, including children, who have been detained for 5 years and indefinitely by the Australian Government. Refugees and people seeking asylum who tried to reach Australia by boat on or after the 19th of July 2013 were deported by the Australian government to camps on Nauru and Manus Islands (3-4.500km away from Australia). 12 people have died (July 2018 reported figure), and mental health is beyond alarming on both prison-islands.


This networked performance commemorates 5 years of the “indefinite detention” of people who attempted to arrive by boat to Australia since the 19th of July 2013 and have been sent into “offshore processing centres” on Nauru and Manus islands.


By reading this document we hope to urge the Australian politicians to:


  • Evacuate the camps.
  • Bring people to Australia to be processed fairly and swiftly.
  • Speak about refugees and people seeking asylum with respect and humanity, respecting the Rule of Law, the International Human Rights Chart, the 1951 International Refugee Convention & 1967 Protocol.

This networked performance builds on Reading the Nauru Files, which was an 18-hour networked performance live on Facebook by James Cunningham and Suzon Fuks on the 19th of July 2017 in which they commemorate 4 years of “indefinite detention”.


The Nauru Files were first published publicly by the Guardian and are available online


Your attendance and support would be greatly appreciated, and we would appreciate if you could share this among your networks. If you would like to show your support and connect with members of the Australian Government via social media please see for social media contact details. During the event, we will be using the hashtag #NauruFilesLive 


The event is currently listed on Facebook as ‘happening now’ as we are testing the stream. It will begin at 9am Nauru time, on the 19th of July until 9am on the 20th of July 2018, a duration of 24 hours. 


The event will begin at the same moment, but this is different in time and date depending on your location as this is a networked online reading. Please find the start times and dates in some selected time zones below and adjust according to your location.




  • Nauru Time, NRT (UTC + 12) - Thu, 19 Jul 2018 @ 09:00
  • Brisbane, Australia AEST (UTC + 10) - Thu, 19 Jul 2018 @ 07:00
  • Moscow, Russia MSK (UTC +3) - Thu, 19 Jul 2018 @ 00:00
  • Tokyo, Japan JST (UTC + 9) - Thu, 19 Jul 2018 @ 06:00
  • Beijing, China CST (UTC + 8) - Thu, 19 Jul 2018 @ 05:00




  • Los Angeles, USA PDT (UTC – 7) - Wed, 18 Jul 2018 @ 14:00
  • Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) - Wed, 18 Jul 2018 @ 21:00
  • New York, USA EDT (UTC - 4) - Wed, 18 Jul 2018 @ 17:00
  • London, UK BST (UTC + 1) - Wed, 18 Jul 2018 @ 22:00
  • Paris, France CEST (UTC +2) - Wed, 18 Jul 2018 @ 23:00
Posted by: