More calls for probe into refugee abuse

The Myanmar Times - - World -

AUS­TRALIA yes­ter­day faced grow­ing op­po­si­tion de­mands for an in­quiry into its treat­ment of asy­lum seek­ers on re­mote Pa­cific is­lands after fur­ther al­le­ga­tions emerged of abuse against refugees.

Pho­to­graphs pub­lished in Aus­tralian me­dia on the week­end showed two blood­ied Afghan men after they were al­legedly at­tacked with an iron bar by lo­cals on Pa­pua New Guinea’s Manus Is­land.

The graphic images fol­low the leak­ing last week of some 2000 in­ci­dent re­ports filled in by work­ers on the sec­ond is­land to which Aus­tralia sends asy­lum seek­ers ar­riv­ing by boat, Nauru, de­tail­ing abuse suf­fered by asy­lum seek­ers.

“We’re see­ing more and more dis­turb­ing re­ports com­ing out from Nauru,” op­po­si­tion La­bor leader Bill Shorten said yes­ter­day.

“Just be­cause peo­ple are in de­ten­tion doesn’t mean that they have to be mis­treated and it doesn’t mean that they should be kept in in­def­i­nite de­ten­tion,” Mr Shorten said in Bris­bane. –

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