November 09, 2015
NZ detainees need consular protection
Labour MP Kelvin Davis says the New Zealand Government needs to send consular officials to check the condition of New Zealanders in Australian detention centres, not just on Christmas Island but on mainland sites as well.
He says detainees at the Serco-run Christmas Island centre, where staff walked off last night when a riot broke out, fear they will be assaulted and even shot when authorities return.
The riot started in response to the death of Iranian Kurdish refugee Fazel Chegeni, who escaped on Friday.
Mr Davis says the New Zealand Government has turned its back its citizens whose human rights are being systematically abused in the centres.
"I don’t know of any detainees that had any visit or contact with consular staff. I think that's the first thing that needs to happen is that Murray McCully gets his officials to see, to check on the wellbeing the physical and the emotional wellbeing of the New Zealand citizens. I think that that's their duty and they've failed abysmally in their duty, says Mr Davis.
Kelvin Davis says John Key seems unwilling to criticise his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.
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