May 24, 2013
Amnesty International has criticised Australia’s camps for asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea in its annual look at human rights abuse around the world.
Human rights abuses in Fiji, Indonesia’s West Papua region, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea also come under scrutiny.
Sally Round reports.
“The report says Australia is among governments world-wide accused of showing more interest in protecting their national borders than the rights of those seeking refuge. New Zealand also comes under fire for its new bill on asylum-seekers and its high child poverty rates disproportionately affecting Pacific Islanders in the country. The report says Fiji people’s rights to freedom of expression, association and peaceful assembly continue to be restricted and concerns remain about the rule of law and independence of the judiciary. The report’s Indonesia section lists a litany of abuse and torture of Papuans, the continuing use of repressive laws and little progress on delivering justice. Amnesty says the Papua New Guinea government has done little to address high rates of violence against women and police accountability remains a serious concern. It also says PNG’s moves to reactivate the death penalty goes against global trends.”
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