Australia’s treatment of refugees.

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-04/isolation-units-being-used-to-control-asylum-seekers-on-manus-i/5718084

“Leaked security reports written by the company contracted to provide security and catering services on Manus Island, has describe frequent self-harm, suicide-watch and the use of isolated confinement at the Australian-run detention facility for asylum seekers.

Transfield Services staff report that “major incidents” are happening almost every day at the centre, including fights between detainees, attacks against guards, self-harm and suicide attempts.

The leaked documents are daily security and intelligence reports from July obtained by refugee advocates Humanitarian Research Partners (HRP) and shared with media.

In the most serious case of self-harm reported, a man cut himself with a razor, requiring 20 stitches to his chest and refusing treatment for two long cuts to his head.

The report said the asylum seeker had recently been told he could not voluntarily return to his home country because he was a witness to the killing of Reza Barati in February and had to stay on Manus Island until the investigation was complete.

“Due to this, [he] has been on Whisky watch since 26 July,” said the report.

Whisky watch is the term used at the centre for monitoring asylum seekers showing mental health problems and can be every three hours, every 30 minutes or constant observation.

HRP said an average of 14 asylum seekers were placed on Whisky watch each day.

On July 21 a man tried to commit suicide and when he was stopped he bit his own arm.

In a separate incident on the same day, an asylum seeker cut himself with a razor.

The reports show that at the end of July there were 18 asylum seekers staying in Australia and six staying in Port Moresby, out of the total 1,145 men considered part of the Manus Island detainees.

Several asylum seekers have been transferred to Australia for serious medical treatment but it is not clear why so many others have been moved off Manus Island.

Human rights group notifies UN of ‘harmful practises’

The Transfield Services reports describe how aggressive or “non-compliant” asylum seekers are taken to an isolated area known as “Chauka”.

Chauka compound is not listed on the official map of the Regional Processing Centre, but HRP said it is located at a different part of the Lombrum navy base, several hundred metres away from the main accommodation.

The group describes Chauka as three shipping containers forming a triangular courtyard covered in shade cloth, with a guard posted at the entry. HRP said each shipping container contains one single bed and nothing else.

“It seems as though part of the purpose of Chauka compound is to encourage more compliant behaviour through the visible punishment of a few key detainees,” wrote HRP.

Transfield Services denies that the “Managed Behavioural Area” is for solitary confinement.

“The claims in the media are unsupported and deliberately misleading to create a negative public opinion,” was a comment in the July 21-22 report.

HRP has written to the United Nations Special envoys for Torture, Human Rights Defenders and the UN Office for Human Rights with concerns about the “use of harmful practises based on fear to manage behaviour”.”

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9 Responses to “Australia’s treatment of refugees.”

  1. M-R Says:

    Impossible to like, this report. But I do like your posting it, Gerard – we are as one in our utter disgust.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. gerard oosterman Says:

    Thank you M-R. Just back and I am now seething again already. When will Scott Morrison resign?

    Liked by 3 people

  3. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    I agree with M-R, I cannot like this but people need to be aware of this.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lottie Nevin Says:

    It’s not looking good. No wonder you are seething, Gerard. This sort of thing makes my blood boil too😦

    Liked by 1 person

  5. hilarycustancegreen Says:

    This is surely a concentration camp. Have we learned nothing?

    Liked by 1 person

  6. stuartbramhall Says:

    Your government is in clear violation of the UN convention on the status of refugees and of international law. These are crimes against humanity, and they could face prosecution in the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Curt Mekemson Says:

    The top photo reminds me of America’s treatment of the Japanese in WWII.

    Like

  8. Patti Kuche Says:

    Good lord, what to say . ..

    Like

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