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Refugee Action Coalition

MANUS ISLAND DETAINEES ASK FOR HELP AS VIOLENCE THREATS INCREASE

ADVOCATES DEMAND: BRING BACK THE EX-PATS INVOLVED IN ATTACK ON REZA BARATI

Rumours of possible violent clashes between local PNG people and
Wilson Security over the alleged rape of the local PNG detention
administration worker has also raised anxieties among the asylum
seekers that they could be the victims of any attack on the detention
centre, as they were on 17 February 2014, when Reza Bararti was killed.

There have been threats of violence since the incident on 17 February
this year, when families of the woman involved demanded that Wilson’s
hand over the security guards allegedly involved in the assault on the
woman.

Transfield immediately issued warnings to staff not to leave the
accommodation after 6pm.

There are concerns that staff will be withdrawn from the detention
centre as concerns escalate about a possible attack on staff.

“We are asking for help. We are not safe,” one asylum seeker said from
Manus Island.

The incident also raises concerns about the possible use of the Border
Force Act against any whistleblowers who have information about the
response of Immigration and Transfield to the incident.

The alleged rape and the recent murder and machete mutilation on two
local security workers have also raised anxieties among those living
in the transit accommodation in East Lorengau.

The concerns are growing as today’s ‘close-of-business’ deadline
imposed by the PNG Police Commissioner for Transfield to bring back
the guards sent off the island following the incident draws closer
closer.

The move by Transfield to send the guards off the island raises
parallels with the actions by previous management, G4S, in the
aftermath of the killing of Reza Berati in 2014.

“There seems to be a pattern of cover-up and perverting the course of
justice on Manus Island. It is not only the alleged attackers in the
recent incident who should be brought back to Manus Island,” said Ian
Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“We want the ex-pats identified at the time as being involved in the
killing of Reza Barati to also be brought back to Manus Island so his
murder can be properly investigated. For too long the Immigration
department and detention centre managements have acted with impunity
regarding the abuses and violence associated with the detention
regime.”

For more information contact Ian Rintoul 0417 275 713.