Police on the Pacific island of Nauru raided the offices of Save the Children on Saturday.
Authorities seized all electronic devices, including computers for what police claim that the group leaked stories to the Australian media violating the country’s new whistle-blower laws.
The Australian immigration department spokesman said its officials were not involved in the raid operation.
Save the Children told reporters that they have, “no reason to believe that our staff have acted inappropriately, but we are of course assisting the Nauru Police Force with its inquiries,” adding, “As always, our priority remains working to mitigate the harmful impacts of offshore immigration detention, to the extent that the circumstances allow”.
Australia claims their new immigration policy is necessary to ensure that there are no more deaths at sea but medical professionals, human rights workers and aid groups argue that these policies are a cover up for abuses asylum seekers face inside of these detention centers.