More calls for probe into refugee abuse
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. –