TIME MAGAZINE HEADLINE : Australia’s Shame
It’s harsh policy toward asylum seekers betrays the human rights values it should stand for.
(By Ian lloyd Neubauer – Page 33, March 31, 2014)
Slightly edited extracts from the article. (found at http://time.com/author/ian-lloyd-neubauer/ )
Over the past six months I have watched in muffled horror as my country, Australia, voted in, and then loudly applauded, a government that has put into play a policy to stop asylum seekers from landing uninvited on our shores …
Australia sends asylum seekers to outsourced tent prisons run by private security companies in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.
Their inmates stand a chance of being raped, catching malaria, and growing so desperate that some have sown their lips together to hunger strike, or have asked their keepers for gasoline to self-immolate.
In February a 23 year old Iranian, Reza Barati, was killed during a riot at the detention centre on Manus Island.
Inmates are denied access to lawyers and journalists, and pressured to return to the hellholes they spent their life savings running away from.
The UNHCR has criticised the camps as unsafe and inhumane.
Behind the government’s smug righteousness lies a powerful but unspoken undercurrent of Islamaphobia rooted in the White Australia policy.
We hope that the government will close the camps, and find a humane solution worthy of a wealthy, multicultural nation, lest the world begin to look upon us as the monsters we have become.
And from Phllip Freier (Who happens to be the Anglican Archbishop of Melbourne) on the Children.