This comes from Kelvin Davis, the NZ First MP who has opened up the scandal about New Zealanders being held in detention on Christmas Island
The truth behind the NZ detainees on Australia’s Christmas Island
been on the phone tonight to another detainee on Christmas Island.
He's been on the Island 3 months. He's been in isolation all that
time, locked up 23 hours a day. He was released into mainstream
today. He was the one guy the Detention Centre refused to let me see
last Friday. After hearing his story I can understand why.
ERT (riot squad) stormed his cell some time back, threw him on the
floor, zip tied his hands, lay a riot shield on him, twisting his
legs to immobilise him, but went beyond what was necessary and
snapped a ligament in his leg while they pummelled him.
he finally got to see a doctor, he was given a medical certificate to
say his ligament was snapped and he needed surgery. The ERT raided
his cell soon after, took all his clothes and the paperwork. Now he
doesn't have that certificate/ proof any longer. When he asked for
his clothes and the medical certificate, he was told they don't know
what happened to any of his things.
was made to live in his undies and given dry cereal to eat with no
utensils. He was hosed down with a fire hose and left in his wet
undies. They cranked the air conditioning up so that he froze. He sat
in the shower at night with the water on hot until it ran out, just
to warm up.
told of how they tried to force him into signing papers to send him
back to NZ.
after arriving on Christmas Island four Iranians hung themselves. He
cut one down and put him in the recovery position then pushed the
emergency alarm. The nurses arrived about an hour later and laughed
at him. He hasn't seen three of the Iranians since, he's not sure
whether they survived.
is all happening in Australia folks.
Advocate: Christmas Island is a 'gulag in the jungle'
Recent law changes in Australia has seen a sharp rise in the number of New Zealanders being deported, irrespective of how long they have lived across the Tasman. Pamela Curr is a Detainee and Refugee Rights Advocate for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Australia.