November 10, 2015
Silence on detainees not good enough
Justice reform advocate Kim Workman says the Government’s response to Australia’s detention and deportation policies is inadequate at every level.
Authorities today moved to re-establish control at the Christmas Island detention centre, where a riot broke out after the death of an Iranian refugee on Sunday.
Australia also faced a grilling before the United Nations Human Rights Council today for its detention centres, but New Zealand’s representatives stayed silent.
Mr Workman says that was the place to speak up.
"If that prison was in some Asian country or Africa we'd be jumping up and down but it's not, it's in Australia and we seem to want to do nothing. Well, that’s not good enough," he says.
Kim Workman says the Government is also ignoring the problems the detainees will have when they are eventually deported back to New Zealand, and a more coordinated response is needed.
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