CORRECTION: Jolie vetoes Nauru visit
Nauru’s Government has confirmed Hollywood actress and UN refugee envoy Angelina Jolie has accepted an invitation to visit the country.
Nauru President Baron Waqa made the invitation while attending the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence Against Women in Conflict last month.
Ms Jolie opened the conference in her capacity as Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Nauru’s Government says the issues dealt with at the conference do not happen in Nauru, but it was an opportunity to discuss the impact of violence in times of conflict on refugees and asylum seekers.
In a statement, Nauru’s Government says it believes the visit will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase the facilities for refugees on Nauru, which it believes are world’s best practice.
It says the date and details for Ms Jolie’s visit are yet to be confirmed.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has commented on the actress’ pending visit, saying it is not an Australian government issue.
“Who visits Nauru is a matter for the Nauruan government, so I’ll leave that to my colleagues in Nauru,” he said.
Nauru hosts an Australian asylum seeker processing centre and has begun resettling refugees processed there into its community.
The UNHCR last year slammed living conditions in the Nauru centre as “rat-infested, cramped and very hot“.