Category: Children in detention

Shut it down – Australia’s offshore immigration detention system is intolerable

MICHAEL LUCY, The Monthly Late yesterday afternoon, a Senate committee delivered its report into conditions at Australia’s “regional processing centre” in Nauru. The headline recommendation was that all children should be removed from the centre immediately. The report also repeats…

All children should be removed from Nauru detention, Senate inquiry finds

Ben Doherty, The Guardian, 31 August 2015 Immigration detention centre ‘is not well run’ and ‘insupportable’ in its current form, five-member cross-party select committee reports All asylum seeker children should be removed from the Nauru detention centre because the centre…

Wilson Security Guards handcuffed an asylum seeker boy as a joke:

(or when is a flexicuff not a cable tie?) Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson 29 August 2015 Four Wilson Security guards used a “cable tie” to handcuff an eight-year-old asylum seeker boy on Nauru as “a joke”, an apparent contradiction…

Outrage over new child abuse, mismanagement claims at Nauru detention centre

Adam Morton, The Age An asylum seeker accused of sexually assaulting four girls at the Nauru processing centre has been moved into isolation with his eight-year-old daughter, sparking concern for the child’s welfare and fresh criticism of the camp’s management. It…

Asylum seekers mistreated while being transferred to Nauru

By Julian Burnside, 1 July 2015 Statement from an asylum seeker who was transferred from Wickham Point to Nauru on Wednesday 24th June 2015 [Ms A] had been brought to Australia from Nauru for medical care. She was sexually assaulted…

Time to Tell the Truth about offshore detention

Having worked as a counsellor in immigration detention for several years, for contractor International Health and Medical Services (IHMS), any discussions surrounding my former place of employment could very well be illegal after tomorrow, 1 July. This is because of…

Melissa Parkes speaks up (from Hansard 24 June 2015)

Ms PARKE (Fremantle) (17:38): It would be an understatement to say I am uncomfortable with this bill. There have been so many steps on the way to getting to what is widely viewed as this debased point in the asylum…

Children place themselves in ‘voluntary detention’ in solidarity

Over past few weeks students across Australia have been voluntarily putting themselves in detention at lunchtime. The ‘Detention for Detention’ action is in its 3rd year now. It aims to raise awareness about children suffering in detention—children placed there by…

More allegations of organised sexual abuse ring on Nauru

Guards at the Nauru detention centre may have paid for sex with refugees in the community and circulated sex tapes of their encounters, a former case manager on the island has alleged. The shocking allegations are contained in a submission…