Media Release – for immediate release
Beatings, rape threats, forced signatures – explosive allegations on Manus must be investigated
‘On Monday 14 July, two asylum seekers on Manus Island were taken out of their compound by Wilson Security guards. Both are eye-witnesses to the 17 February attack and to the murder of Reza Berati. Other asylum seekers were told, “They aren’t coming back”. Concerns about the two asylum seekers safety have been widely circulated,’ said Chris Breen for the Refugee Action Collective.
‘Four days later, the Refugee Action Collective received a statement from someone in direct contact with the two men about what they say had happened. Their claims, now reported in The Age newspaper, which include beatings, rape threats and forced signatures are shocking, and must be seriously investigated. The claims involve Wilson and Transfield managers. It is alarming that Scott Morrison is prepared to dismiss these claims as “false” without investigation. That over 150 days have passed since the murder of Reza Barati without anyone being charged adds weight to the claims,’ said Breen.
Below is the original statement of claims in full (indviduals’ names have been redacted)
In 14/7/2014 we had a meeting with Transfield and Wilson managers about issues of internet and phone rooster, when we convinced them that this system doesn’t work, because of the time differences between here and our countries; A stopped the meeting and said: “We set the rules and you must follow it, we don’t care about your time zones”
We got upset and told them: We pass our community message to you; it’s not fair and we yield, and left the meeting but we didn’t swear at anyone or threatened anyone. when we got out, our community were waiting for us to know about output of meeting.
then we left area and went to B’s room C came to us and said: “I have been told by A; you should come with us to another meeting to take your suggestions”.
we didn’t accept it, because we knew that they are not going to change the roster. then he said: “I have been ordered if you don’t come, drag you on the ground!”
We still resisted.
So they send D to deceive us, because they knew we trusted on her. She tricked us and told us: “We will be back in one hour”
After that they took us with another friend of us and escorted all 3 of us to somewhere that we haven’t seen it before. they returned our friend back to the compound.
after that they put us in a place surrounded by 4 containers and A and E & F and 6 others that we knew one of them; his name is G came there, and hand cuffed us with plastic zip to our chairs.we wondered and asked: whats the matter?!
they didn’t answer us and A ordered them to beat us in the body not face so it will be no effect left of hitting.
We were crying and asking what is our fault?! They said: “because you always object to all of our rules” and said: “You have to sign a pair of paper; if you object again, we will deport you back to your countries”
we didn’t accept it.
After that they said: “if you don’t sign, because you were witnesses of Reza Berati’s death, PNGs and we are thirsty to your blood, because you are going to testify against our countries people in the court, we will order these locals to rape you and we will sit here and watch it”
So we cried and signed those papers to not to get rapped,
after that they kept us in custody on that rough ground in that area with one loaf of bread and one drinking water per day. We laid down on the ground and slept there in mud.
They kept us there for 72 hours, we asked several times to see PNG Police and said: we want to go to their jail, but they refused.
After that they came and took B back to the compound and A told him: “if you say anything about what happened here we will take you back and we get the locals to rape you and deport you”
Now we are under high watch by three Officers
Please we beg you Help us.
‘Tony Abbott has been demanding a “full, comprehensive, impartial” investigation into the MH17 tragedy, but where he is a position to launch such an investigation into Reza Barati’s death and these recent claims, he runs the other way. Even before these claims, Scott Morrison’s fantasy version of events and the Cornall whitewash have made it clear that a cover-up is taking place in full view of anyone who cares to look. It is terrifying that there is no witness protection available for anyone in the detention centre. We demand these claims be investigated immediately, and that the two asylum seekers, along with all of the asylum seekers on Manus Island, be brought to safety on the Australian mainland,’ said Breen.
For further comment call Chris Breen 0403 013 183 for the Refugee Action Collective