Amnesty International report accuses Manus Island detention centre of humiliating asylum seekers
Asylum seekers are being subjected to humiliating treatment and Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit Mitte Frauen Lila Weiß Günstig Wien appalling conditions on the Manus Island detention centre in a deliberate effort to pressure them to go back to where they came from, Amnesty International has alleged.
A report by the agency details how asylum seekers are being held in a ”prison like regime”, in cramped compounds in stifling heat while being denied sufficient water and adequate medical help.
The findings in a 118 page report, based on a five day visit to the centre last month, allege breaches of international and domestic law and are consistent with those of the UN refugee agency after a similar visit in late October. But they have been dismissed by the Australian and PNG governments, with the PNG Immigration Minister, Rimbink Pato saying in Canberra on Wednesday: ”At the present time I think we have a pretty good facility there.”
After talks involving ministers from the two countries in Canberra, Mr Pato and Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, denied the detention of more than 1000 asylum seekers in PNG was in breach of international law.
While Mr Pato said reports of overcrowding, poor sanitation and a lack of drinking water were out of date, Amnesty’s report was based on a visit to the centre between November 11 and 16, and asserts:
Asylum seekers are referred to by boat number not their names, a practice that added to the impression that they were prisoners.
Detainees complained of staff bullying and being told to go back to where they came from when they complained about conditions.
Medical staff were inadequate to deal with requests for Billig Air Jordan 1 Hoch Og 3 around 110 appointments a day and the long queues at meal times meant detainees had to choose between keeping appointments or eating.
Toilets had no soap and doors that could not be locked.
Requests by detainees for shoes were denied, yet they were ineligible for outside excursions without shoes.
”Taken alone, the daily humiliations may not seem particularly appalling, but when you combine the string of indignities that make up day to day life, it is really overwhelming,” said Amnesty’s Graeme McGregor.
Since the Abbott government’s Operation Sovereign Borders began on September 18, Adidas Ultra Boost-USB 3.0 S80636 Unisex Weiß Schwarz Wien 109 asylum seekers have voluntarily returned from Manus Island.
The report includes interviews with asylum seekers, including a 43 year old Iraqi, who says: ”I have lived in war zones, with bombs and explosions. I have never experienced what I am experiencing here with the uncertainty If we had died in the ocean, that would have been better.”