September 23, 2013
A group of Vietnamese asylum seekers is set to be deported from Darwin, a local asylum seeker support group has said.
It follows revelations last month that the Immigration Department had allowed Vietnamese officials into Darwin immigration detention centres to question people.
The Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) said there was a group of about 20 Vietnamese people at the Wickham Point Detention Centre.
It said the group was questioned by Vietnamese police for several hours last month, and some were accused of treason.
DASSAN spokesman Rohan Thwaites said they had now been told by Immigration that they were not allowed to apply for asylum.
“Several people from the Wickham Point Immigration Detention Centre in Darwin have indicated that the Department of Immigration has told them that they can be returned to Vietnam against their will with 72 hours’ notice,” Mr Thwaites said.
“And they believe that 72 hours may start today.”
Last month Immigration confirmed the delegation of Vietnamese officials was helping to identify people in detention centres in Perth and Darwin.