Where the magic never ends ... for five weeks only!
... While we understand that the comparison we are making would seem shocking to many, based on our long-standing research in this area we see no option but to identify practices in Australia’s own Pacific gulags as tantamount to torture. ...
Professors Suvendrini Perera and Joseph Pugliese [The Conversation - 26/8/15]:
… Recently, a whistleblower who worked in the Nauru detention centre went public with allegations that waterboarding took place in the compound and that cable-ties were used to chain asylum seekers to beds and fences.
His allegations, and the delays in providing medical treatment for asylum seekers and refugees until their condition becomes critical, lend weight to our argument that that there seems to be little or no distinction between care and punishment, or between asylum seekers and those identified as “enemy combatants” in the war on terror.
The Nauru whistleblower claimed some detention centre staff, including several former military personnel, harbour hatred toward asylum seekers “who they perceive to be the enemy, [though they are] the people they are supposed to be providing care for”.
A growing number of voices are recognising that we have crossed a threshold. Official policies have converted people seeking refuge into the enemy, leading to the logic that they deserve not care but punishment and abuse from the state and its agents.
NGS Super which covers private school teachers and aged care workers is divesting its $5.5 million stake in Transfield. Services. ... [Business First Magazine - 26/8/15]
USAID Coastal Community Adaptation Project [18/8/15]:
Last week, US Ambassador Judith Cefkin, accompanied by Abraham Simpson, CEO of the Nauru Utilities Corporation, and Elcoga Gadabu, Secretary of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Environment, visited the site of a proposed USAID-funded water storage facility that will double the currently available water storage and add 4 million liters of water buffering capacity to the Nauru water system. This collaboration of USAID/C-CAP with the Nauru government will help address the dire water shortages and support the country’s comprehensive national level approach to building climate change resilience.
With OSB Commander MAJGEN Andrew Bottrell at Manus RPC yesterday ...
Image: @PeterDutton_MP [31/3/15]
India, Australia joint naval exercise from September 16 [The Asian Age - 26/8/15]
US now decrees Sri Lanka should investigate itself for war crimes [ABC News - 26/8/15]
... The relations have improved since Sirisena's surprise election victory in January, with the new president moving away from a heavy pro-China policy ...
SRI LANKA: Nationalised sugar mills to re-open March 5 [Sugar Online - 24/2/12]
Concerned by ongoing political violence in Nepal, UN rights office urges peaceful resolution to crisis [Media Release - 25/8/15]
Uzbekistan: Massive gas pipeline blast rocks capital [IB Times – 25/8/15]
Shah Deniz gas pipeline flow halted by explosion in Turkey: officials [Reuters - 25/8/15]
Saudi Arabia has been bombarding several areas in Yemen despite warnings about the deterioration of humanitarian situation in the impoverished Arab country.
According to local media outlets on Wednesday, Saudi warplanes bombarded the area of al-Sawad in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a. Reports said that a Yemeni military base in the area was also bombarded.
The Saudi warplanes also bombarded more than 100 times the northwestern Yemeni province of Sa’ada on Tuesday.
Saudi military aircraft bombarded the residential areas of Razih district in the province, killing at least six people.
A doctor was also killed and another civilian sustained injuries in an earlier attack targeting a clinic in the same province. In addition, at least four people sustained injuries in the Saudi aggression against the eastern Yemeni province of Hajjah. ... [Press TV - 26/8/15]
Welcoming the decision by rival parties in South Sudan to convene tomorrow a ‘mini-summit,’ where the Government, “in the interest of peace,” is expected to sign the agreement already endorsed by former Vice-President Riek Machar, the top United Nations official in the country today said that the security situation on the ground remains “volatile and tense.” ... [UN Media Release - 25/8/15]
As peace talks collapse in South Sudan, film shows "pathology of colonialism" tearing apart nation [Democracy Now - 25/8/15]
Nigeria: Pregnant woman, five others killed in Yobe bomb blasts [Daily Times - 25/8/15]
Turkish airstrikes killed 41 fighters from the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq's Qandil Mountains and in southeastern Turkey, the Turkish military said Tuesday. ... [Al Jazeera - 25/8/15]
Boeing Co on Monday told its workers that it expected to cut as many as "several hundred" jobs in its satellite business through the end of 2015 due to a downturn in U.S. military spending and delays in commercial orders.
Multiple commercial orders were being delayed by recent failures of launch vehicles and uncertainties about the future availability of financing from the U.S. Export-Import Bank, whose government charter lapsed on June 30, the company told key managers in an internal communication.
Tea Party conservatives in the U.S. Congress did not vote to renew the agency's charter, arguing the trade bank provides "corporate welfare" for big companies like Boeing and General Electric Co. Business executives said it was unclear if the bank will be reopened. ... [Reuters - 24/8/15]
What is the point of an Arms Trade Treaty when the biggest purveyor of military violence hasn't ratified it?
Statement at the First Conference of States Parties to the Arms Trade Treaty, Cancun Mexico [US State Department – 25/8/15]
... To coincide with the conference, today I announce a $400,000 contribution over two years to help developing countries in our region accede to and participate in the ATT. ... [Foreign Minister Media Release - 25/8/15]
Q & A with Professor Susan Waltz on the ATT [University of Michigan - 17/12/14]
Father of missing Mexican student on how US drug war aid "being used to annihilate students" [Democracy Now - 10/4/15]:
As the Summit of the Americas commences, several U.S.-based groups and university officials have signed a letter to President Obama questioning his response to the 43 students missing from the Mexican state of Guerrero for over six months.
The letter asks why the Obama administration has placed sanctions on Venezuela, but maintained normal relations with Mexico, despite the students’ disappearance.
Mexican authorities have declared the 43 students dead, saying local police acting on the orders of the mayor of Iguala attacked them and turned them over to drug gang members, who killed and incinerated them.
But so far the remains of only one of the 43 have been identified, and reports have pointed to the involvement of federal authorities.
We are joined by two relatives of the missing students who live here in New York: Antonio Tizapa is the father of missing student Jorge Antonio Tizapa Legideño; and Amado Tlatempa is the cousin of another missing student, Jesús Jovany Rodríguez Tlatempa.
"What I would tell President Obama is to stop supporting Plan Mérida, because the weapons, the arms that are supposedly supporting the war against drugs, those arms are being used to annihilate our students," Tizapa says.
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [25/8/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports
Airstrikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL bunker, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL structure.
-- Near Hawl, an airstrike destroyed nine ISIL fighting positions.
-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Washiyah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Attack, bomber, fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted 31 airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:
-- Near Baghdadi, three airstrikes struck an ISIL large tactical unit and destroyed six ISIL rocket rails, an ISIL artillery piece, an ISIL building, an ISIL heavy machine gun, an ISIL mortar system, an ISIL rocket system, an ISIL weapons cache and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Beiji, two airstrikes struck one large and one small ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL excavator, an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Fallujah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed four ISIL rocket systems.
-- Near Kisik, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and an ISIL sniper firing position and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Mosul, five airstrikes struck five ISIL tactical units and destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Sinjar, four airstrikes struck three ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and an ISIL armored vehicle.
-- Near Sultan Abdallah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL fighting position.
-- Near Tal Afar, an airstrike struck and suppressed an ISIL heavy machine gun firing position.
-- Near Tuz, 12 airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and six ISIL staging areas and destroyed 57 ISIL fighting positions and three ISIL vehicles.
MSF says it treated Syrians 'exposed to chemical agent' [Al Jazeera - 25/8/15]
@IraqiSMCEn - Iraqi Spring Media Center [25/8/15]:
Baghdad: News agencies: A major in intelligence of ministry of interior was killed and his body guards wounded as a roadside bomb attached to his car exploded in Sha'ab area north of Baghdad.........
Baghdad: News agencies:9 persons were either killed or wounded as a roadside bomb exploded in Washash area in Mansour west of Baghdad....................
Baghdad: News agencies/security source: Two persons were killed and 8 wounded as a roadside bomb exploded near electronic games hall in wardiya area in south of Baghdad today evening........
Israel: 600 asylum seekers freed from
Holot detention centre
Hundreds of asylum seekers are set to be freed from the Holot detention center in southern Israel on Tuesday, as a result of a High Court of Justice ruling that limits the amount of time an individual can be detained without trial to one year.
As of 8 am Tuesday morning, around 600 asylum seekers have begun undergoing a hearing process with members of the Administration of Population and Immigration.
In a bid to reassure the public in the cities hardest hit by the immigration wave, Public Security Minister Silvan Shalom drafted a plan denying the freed migrants entrance to Tel Aviv or Eilat which was approved by the regional courts on Sunday.
Human rights organizations have warned that many of the freed asylum seekers previously lived in the cities they are barred from entering and as such will have no where to go.
As the first trickle of asylum seekers was freed, Ynet spoke to Isaac Hamed, an asylum seeker from Darfur,"I would like to thank the judges, this place is really tough," he said. "I don’t know what I will do, but I will act according to the law and will not go to Tel Aviv or Eilat. I will go back to Arad but I don’t know how I will find work there."
A total of 1,178 asylum seekers are set to be freed from Holot in the coming days.
Thousands of Palestinians displaced by Lebanon camp clashes
Thousands of Palestinians have been displaced by violent clashes in Lebanon's largest refugee camp near southern Sidon, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Tuesday.
UNRWA Spokesperson Chris Gunness said that armed clashes in the Ain al-Helweh camp have had a "serious impact on the Palestine refugee community."
Three people were killed in clashes overnight and into Tuesday morning in fighting between the Jund al-Sham Islamist group and members of President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement.
Despite reports of a ceasefire, as many as 3,000 Palestinians may have been displaced, Gunness said, with UNRWA having limited access and movement in and around the refugee camp.
"We are deeply concerned over reports that civilians are endangered and that our installations have been directly affected by the fighting," he said.
"UNRWA condemns any armed group that fails to respect its obligations under international law to protect civilians and to respect the inviolability of United Nations premises."
UNRWA has mobilized a humanitarian response with its partners to provide food, medical assistance, and shelter and will continue to monitor the situation, Gunness added.
Tensions have been running high for months between Palestinian factions and Islamists inside Ain al-Helweh, an impoverished and overcrowded camp.
More than 54,000 registered Palestinian refugees live in the camp, who have been joined in recent years by thousands of Palestinians fleeing the fighting in Syria.
More than 450,000 Palestinians are registered in Lebanon with UNRWA. Most live in squalid conditions in 12 official refugee camps and face a variety of legal restrictions, including on their employment.
Petition pushes for end to Israel's Gaza blockade [Al Jazeera - 25/8/15]
A prominent chef's visit to a remote Indigenous community's "disgusting" supermarket has prompted formal complaints to the Health Department and the Northern Land Council (NLC).
South Australian chef Duncan Welgemoed arrived in Yirrkala, about 1,000km east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, last week as a visitor with the Rirratjingu Aboriginal Corporation.
It was the chef's first time in an Indigenous community and he was shocked by the food being sold at Yirrkala's primary food store.
"[There was] tinned food going mouldy, fruit and vegetables on the shelf were rotting [and] food oxidising in the freezer," Mr Welgemoed said to 105.7 ABC Darwin.
The ABC understands members of Yirrkala community have been long wanting to make formal complaints about the store's food quality but there were concerns about publicly speaking out. ... [ABC - 26/8/15]
... “Territorial sovereignty is about controlling the border, knowing who comes in and who leaves. It has never been about sealing the border to migration,” the expert continued. “Democratic borders are porous by nature. Providing migrants and asylum-seekers with legal and safe mobility solutions will ensure such a control.” ... UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau [Media Release - 25/8/15]
Germany is sending in the army to deal with the refugee crisis. But it's not what you think.
[VIDEO] via @ajplus [25/8/15]
New case of suspected arson as Germany struggles to halt anti-refugee violence [France 24 – 25/8/15]:
... While most of the violence, including several arson attacks at refugee homes or even assaults against Red Cross volunteers pitching tents for asylum-seekers, occurred in the east, general public opinion has mobilised strongly for a warm welcome to those fleeing war and persecution.
The influential Bild tabloid headlined its Tuesday's edition with "Help refugees!" and devoted two full pages on "What politicians must now do" and "What I can do" to help.
The newspaper urged politicians to take "tough action against far-right rabble rouser" and called on people to open their homes to refugees or donate money and other daily necessities.
Police union chief Rainer Wendt said discussions are ongoing to boost police presence at refugee shelters.
He also suggested that former soldiers could be called in temporarily to help.
Over 5,000 refugees rescued off Libyan coast last week: EU [Yahoo - 25/8/15]:
Around 5,300 migrants, mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa, were rescued in the Mediterranean off the Libyan coast last week, EU border agency Frontex said Tuesday.
Most were rescued over the weekend, plucked from wooden or rubber boats, in one of the busiest three-day periods since the Frontex-coordinated operation Triton was launched in November 2014.
"Thousands of migrants have been rescued off the Libyan coast this weekend and I am proud to say that vessels and aircraft funded by Frontex helped save more than half of them," said Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri.
"We have never had so many people on board before," said Lise Dunham chief commander of a Frontex-deployed Norwegian vessel.
"We had many challenges on Saturday as there were so many boats in need at the same time. We are so happy that we had no casualties,” said Lise Dunham chief commander of a Frontex-deployed Norwegian vessel.
@MSF_Sea [25/8/15]: UPDATE: The #FRYOM border is much calmer than last week (pictured) but still busy with ~1000 people crossing per day
@MSF_Sea [25/8/15]: After 2 days on the #DignityI & long delays in port, 300 people including 39 women & 5 kids, have arrived in #Italy
Afghan refugee 'pushed wheelchair-bound grandmother to Hungary' [BBC – 25/8/15]
Comment is being sought from Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and the UNHCR on Australia's halt to refugee intake.
Myanmar exiles fifth group of captured Rohingya refugees to Bangladesh [Myanmar Times - 26/8/15]:
Myanmar yesterday repatriated another 125 Bangladeshis "rescued from human smuggling boats" off the Rakhine State coast.
The group was the fifth to be repatriated following two navy "rescue missions" in May.
Just over 100 people are still awaiting "repatriation" from temporary "shelters" in Taung Pyo Let We, according to immigration officials.
A total of 942 people were towed to shore after human smugglers abandoned their boats at sea, according to U Thar Tun Aung from the Rakhine State Immigration Department.
One person ran away immediately and 195 people were verified as “Bengalis” from Rakhine State and allowed to return to their homes, he said.
According to estimates from the United Nations and accounts from residents in the state’s Muslim internally displaced persons camps, hundreds of Rohingya – officially called Bengalis – were spirited off the boats by smugglers before the vessels were intercepted by the navy.
Amid pressure from nationalist groups demanding hasty deportations – and outrage that refuge had been provided to the abandoned trafficking victims – Myanmar began repatriating verified Bangladeshis on June 8.
A total of 626 people have been returned in five rounds, including yesterday’s group.
Nineteen people ran away, according to the immigration office’s count.
“Therefore, just 101 Bangladeshi people still need to be repatriated,” U Thar Tun Aung said.
U Khine Soe, chief of the immigration department in Rakhine State, said those who remain have already been verified as Bangladeshi and the Bangladesh government is trying to locate and confirm their hometowns before accepting them.
“It has been too long after we rescued and provided shelter to them in Maungdaw township,” he said.
Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, confirmed that 195 Rakhine State residents were allowed to return home, including eight who were initially detained after self-identifying as Rohingya.
However, another 30 Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh have been accepted by neither country so far.
Myanmar counts them among the remaining “Bangladeshis”.
“I am particularly concerned about those who are unregistered refugees in Bangladesh – they are not recorded in any of the two countries and may face indefinite detention,” she said.
The Bangladesh embassy in Yangon did not return requests for comment about the 101 people left in the camp and how many have so far been verified as Bangladesh nationals.
U Htin Lin, director general of the political affairs department under the foreign affairs ministry, said the government has been doing its best to repatriate those rescued, and is working through diplomatic channels to coordinate with Bangladesh.
Australian Embassy in Myanmar [23/8/115]: Relief supplies are getting through to flood-affected communities in northern Rakhine State. Australian Ambassador Nicholas Coppel is pictured with Chief Minister U Mg Mg Ohn distributing relief supplies to both Rakhine and Muslim villages last week.
Stay where you are and accept your fate: US Embsssy in Colombo to provide $1m for "resettlement efforts" in North-East Sri Lanka [Tamil Guardian - 25/8/15]
Nearly 800 protestors were arrested during a demonstration against the detention of Eelam Tamils in special refugee camps across Tamil Nadu. ... [Tamil Guardian - 25/8/15]
Forgotten plight of asylum seekers and refugees in Indonesia [Hazara Asylum Seekers - 16/8/15]:
These photos are from Balikpapan detention centre (in Indonesia) where more than 285 people, reportedly Hazaras and mostly refugees have staged protest against manhandling and their mistreatment.
Sources in the centre are reporting that a critically ill refugee had not been allowed to be attended by doctor.
When his fellow refugees insisted for his treatment, the staff at the said hospital resorted to severely beating them.
Asylum seekers and refugees have now staged hunger strike and are seeking UNHCR and IOM's attention to their deteriorating situation, but even after four days, to no avail.
No one from UNHCR or IOM has yet visited them.
Reports of torture and abuse in Indonesian detention centres are not surprising neither new. In February 2012, a young Hazara aged 16, Taqi, was severely beaten to death by Indonesian guards.
Due to lack of interest from Indonesia's mainstream media and Australian media's limited attention to only asylum seekers and refugees living in and around Jakarta, plight of an overwhelming number of asylum seekers and refugees detained in remote detention centres across Indonesia remains unreported.
Here is Human Rights Watch's report on Indonesian detention centres ...
Where is the justice?
... I was a Staff Sergeant in the South African Police during and after the Apartheid era and I can honestly say, hand on heart, that I have never witnessed the injustice and ill-treatment of human beings that I witnessed at Bravo Camp, RPC Nauru. ...
Not one Australian journalist went to Nauru to report on the riot trials.
Image: Displaced Peoples Organisation Limited via @CSerow [23/8/13]
Nauru Senate Inquiry, Submission 98:
... I soon noticed that the most vague witness statements were written by security personnel within a few days of the riot.
The more incriminating statements were dated up to four months after the event.
I asked myself “How can anyone remember in such detail and with such clarity months after the event when the statements written only days after the evidence were so vague?”.
As a seasoned investigator I suspected fabrication and collaboration of evidence.
After making a few unofficial enquiries I learned that officers present at the riot were told to implicate more suspects as someone was to be made responsible for the riot.
It was then that the Bravo Camp detainees were randomly pointed out by officers.
Most claim they had had previous run-ins with the witnesses and believed thats why they were singled out. ...
Asylum seekers' convictions for July 2013 riots overturned by Nauru court, their current whereabouts is unknown [ABC - 24/8/15]
... Immigration Minister Tony Burke says those responsible will be subject to the criminal laws of Nauru and could face severe penalties.
He has hinted that he could cancel or refuse a visa for those involved in the riots on the grounds of character.
"And now I can't prejudge that test before individual applications come to me, if I do it simply creates a legal problem with the possible overturning of my decision," he said.
"But I don't think it would take much guessing for people to work out how incidences like what we've seen overnight in Nauru reflect on character."
Each time an asylum seeker complains about their human rights or about the conditions in the centre, they are offered an appointment with IOM to discuss voluntary return.
Submission 94, Nauru Senate Inquiry
Human rights organisations, professional bodies and associations are speaking out about recent developments regarding the detention of child immigrants in the US.
Why has there been no outcry over recent torture and rape allegations in Australia? Are they waiting for the billion dollar contract to be signed? [McClatchy - 25/8/15]:
... Advocates fighting the policy praised the thrust of Gee’s ruling, which found that the administration violated a longstanding agreement on child detention. But they were disappointed about the wiggle room because the extra leeway will allow the government to keep open the controversial centers.
Department of Homeland Security officials indicate they’ll continue to operate close to the manner they’re currently running. More litigation is possible, as the language in the final order has raised questions about whether the government will be able to hold some mothers and children for longer periods of time.
“I continue to feel let down by the response from DHS, which really seems to be clinging to a model that doesn’t work and harms children,” said Clara Long, U.S. researcher at Human Rights Watch. “And they have a lot of money sunk in that model. So I guess it’s understandable that they want to cling to it.”
Luis Zayas, dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, said that while three weeks is better than a year, it’s still too long to detain children. He specifically cited the judge’s concerns about the government’s holding facilities on the border.
Children and their parents are placed along with other immigrants in cold cells – described by many migrants as hieleras, or iceboxes – which advocates say are used to pressure migrants to agree to deportation.
“We treat our pets better than we treat these detainees in such subhuman conditions,” Zayas said.
... The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Bar Association, Catholic and Lutheran Bishops, Members of Congress, and an array of other voices have called on the administration to end the practice of family detention. ... [Human Rights First Media Release - 19/8/15]
Federal Court blocks government from detaining asylum seekers as tactic to deter others from coming to US [ACLU Media Release - 20/2/15]
Submission 92 Nauru Senate Inquiry:
... Through the weekly Vulnerable Children’s Meeting run by Save the Children Australia, whereby the most vulnerable children in the camp are monitored and discussed weekly with the Recreation staff, the Case Workers and the education staff, it has felt as though there is very little progressive and appropriate support being offered to Charlie and her family.
While all staff involved with Charlie in this meeting all agree to ‘continue to monitor’ Charlie, it feels as though we are simply watching the degeneration week by week. ...
Submission 74 Nauru Senate Inquiry: ... When I asked the little girl on Nauru gently, if there was anything she wanted to tell the Prime Minister of Australia..she just said in her chiming dainty voice, “ I want to be happy too, like other children in Australia..why doesn’t Australia like me?” ...
Through our consultations at the medical centre, Professor Isaacs diagnosed a baby with typhoid.
We were in the consultation room with the baby and the mother, and the dad was waiting down the end of the corridor, so I went to get him. I said, ‘You can come with me now. We’ll go and see your baby, he’s OK.’
The female security guard pushed the dad full flight in the back and he went flying.
The dad just looked absolutely hopeless.
He just took the abuse and looked at me with these dead, sad eyes.
He can’t fight back because that will impede on his asylum application. ...
“When you silence doctors and nurses you’re getting into dangerous territory” Alanna Maycock [Marie Claire - 6/8/15]
... The letter, obtained by Guardian Australia, alleges that on 27 March a Wilson guard was seen by a Save the Children staff member chasing an asylum-seeker girl in the recreation area inside the centre and “hit her on the back of the head”.
It continues: “His [the guard] force and size was so big that the blow caused the child to fall to the ground.” It says the guard proceeded to verbally abuse staff from Save the Children, which provides support to child asylum seekers on Nauru. ... [Guardian - 24/4/14]
UN finds Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers violates the Convention Against Torture [Human Rights Law Centre - March 2015]
UNHCR urges humane treatment for Europe refugees, still silent on rape, torture and forced deportation on Nauru and Manus [Media Release - 25/8/15]
Denial of access and secrecy makes the obligation to speak out about recent allegations of torture even more URGENT.
Do the Greens want companies other than Transfield and Wilson to run Australia's refugee concentration camps?
Ethics: Moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity ...
Submission 69 Nauru Senate Inquiry:
... I was directed to write IMP's (Individual Management Plans) for my clients. In any other circumstances these plans would have been for a client's benefit, and included significant personal details of their issues, circumstances, mental physical and social health problems. In addition standard protocol would include a plan to assist and remediate problems experienced by the client. That is what my years of training and all past employment would direct.
DIAC instead trained us and directed us to make those IMP's generic and non personal which is highly unusual and results in no benefit for the client, but rather aids secrecy and reinforces the status quo. This directive has only one intention and outcome and that is protection of the system of mandatory detention and offshore processing rather than to benefit the client.
The Salvation Army (TSA) hierarchy directed staff to meet KPIs (key performance indicators) set by the department as the primary outcome desired. Management specifically directed staff not to show empathy to "transferees" in either a written or verbal capacity.
As tensions rose on the island it became obvious unrest was imminent and front line staff forwarded views that an impending riot was inevitable via case managers to Wilsons and TSA and DIAC pre 19th July.
I was chartered off Nauru a few days after the riot.
Nauru post riot:
* TSA case managers were directed by TSA management to beign writing the IMPs without actually seeing or talking to the clients.
The directive was to file IMPs that were generic and did not contain negative information about people's mental or psychosocial health.
Again this would be a fraudulent practice and a dismissible offense in any other organisational structure, but we were told we were expected to manufacture these reports because that was what the department of immigration was requesting.
I DO NOT ACCEPT THIS.
IT IS CROOK.
A person who steals, lies, cheats or does other dishonest or illegal things; a criminal.
crook ... (comparative more crook, superlative most crook)
1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Bad, unsatisfactory, not up to standard.
That work you did on my car is crook, mate
Not turning up for training was pretty crook.
Things are crook at Tallarook.
2. (Australia, New Zealand, slang) Ill, sick. I′m feeling a bit crook.
Has any company actually bid for Australia's billion dollar contract to murder, torture, rape, deport and wrongly accuse refugees of crimes?
Senate Inquiry - Commonwealth government's responsibilities relating to the management and operation of the Nauru Regional Processing Centre [Public Hearing - 20/8/15]:
… CHAIR [Senator Alex Gallacher]: We spoke on, I think, Monday, 20 July. You confirmed that a contract for operations on Nauru had been put out for tender and indicated that the contract would be awarded before October. Has it been awarded?
Mr Pezzullo [Mr Michael, Secretary, Department of Immigration and Border Protection]: We are in the procurement process now. Based on the procurement process that we can talk about publicly, I might ask Ms Briscoe or Mr Skill to give you any pertinent time lines.
CHAIR: Specifically, what we would like to know is: is there a cost to the new contract and how many companies tendered for the contract?
Mr Pezzullo: As is normally the case in Commonwealth procurement, I do not know that some of that granular detail would be disclosable outright, but I will see how Ms Briscoe or Mr Skill go in providing you with some detail.
Ms Briscoe: The contracts currently expire on 31 October, so it is our intention to have new contracts in place by then. As the secretary mentioned, we are in the evaluation phase of the procurement process at the moment.
CHAIR: So there is no indication of the value of the contract or how many people are competing for it?
Mr Pezzullo: It is not information that ordinarily would be made public at this point in proceedings.
CHAIR: When does the Australian taxpayer get the information?
Mr Pezzullo: As is normally the case, at estimates we are well experienced in being asked about contract processes. When you are pre awarding and certainly in contract negotiation phases, it is always prudent to say less rather than more.
CHAIR: So there is a decision to be made before 31 October and that tender will then be published on AusTender.
Ms Briscoe: That is correct, and the value.
Mr Pezzullo: For abundant caution, the tender itself, of course, is a public document, because that is how companies have responded to it. Mr Skill might just quickly advise what is on the public record via the website.
Mr Skill: The details of the RFT were published; it is a public request for tender. The period for submissions has closed and, as the secretary said, we are in the evaluation phase now. Once a contract has been negotiated and the amount has been executed, that will be published in accordance with the usual rules on, I think, contracts.gov.au website or, if not, the AusTender website.
Senator HANSON-YOUNG: And there is not a further time line to that aside from the fact that the new contract has to start post-31 October?
Mr Skill: Correct. The negotiations and/or evaluations—because there are multiple streams—are progressing well, and we do not expect there to be any problems with regard to having appropriate contracts in place from 31 October.
26 August 2015