Saturday 31 October 2015

A 'gulag in the jungle': more on Australian human rights abuses

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

New Zealand detainees in Australia's Christmas Island detention centre told Kelvin Davis they are so frustrated they are thinking of rioting. Photo / Getty Images

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Just 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.

The 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.

When 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.

He 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.

He told of how they tried to force him into signing papers to send him back to NZ.

Soon 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.

This is all happening in Australia folks.

NZ detainees on Christmas Island 'desperate to go home'

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.

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