Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Australian Detention "Extreme And Inhumane"

Amnesty International has reiterated its condemnation of the Australian government's continued use of a high-security offshore detention centre on Christmas Island 1000 miles off the Australian mainland (and only 225 miles from West Java).

This comes the day after the Australian parliament's joint standing committee on migration said that it was "appalled at the extraordinarily high level of security... and considers this security to be inappropriate and inconsistent with the current immigration principles," and that "the level of security in terms of the height of the electrified fences, surveillance and the segregation of staff from detainees was considered to be excessive and inhumane and bordering on ludicrous."

Immigration Minister Chris Evans said the Government remained committed to detaining and processing illegal arrivals at the facility and refused to remove the electrified razor-wire fences and caged walkways as recommended by the committee, saying major alterations would be financially unfeasible. [See also: 'Australia ends detention regime for asylum seekers' & ''Tis The Season Of Good Will...']

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