HUMAN RIGHTS ALLIANCE:
I've been contacted from within Curtin - the two Asylum Seekers taken to Broome hospital yesterday were not taken there for specialist medical assistance emanating from any natural cause - SERCO and DIAC have misled everyone so as to cover up the situation at Curtin - they lied so we would not know of the mental despair leading to protests and people prepared to flee into the harshness of the remote, to risk death in the remote rather than the indignity of the concentration camp like experience that is Curtin - "Better to die than to live like this, this is not living, this is torture."
They were injured while protesting. The fact the police were there was they were called in by SERCO and DIAC to escort them so that they would be stopped from any desperation to flee.
Apparently, as I've on a number of occasions this week alerted news media to, tensions in Curtin have been rocket sky-high. SERCO has been waiting the whole of the last two weeks for Curtin to explode in various incidents, as they are fully aware of mental breakdowns and meltdowns. SERCO personnel have increased at Curtin and police have been advised to be on standby and nearby.
There have been Curtin Asylum Seekers on more than two weeks of hunger strikes during the month of August, with some of them collapsing and need hospitalisation at Derby Hospital, emaciated and with the risk of perfusion - organ failure.
During the last several nights tensions between Asylum Seekers and SERCO personnel were erupting.
Two Iranian Asylum Seekers, and several Hazara Asylum Seekers, were at breaking point and had made the defiant stand in the last week and walked out of Curtin however were pursued and returned. The other day as their mental despair grew they symbolically two of them attempted to escape and walked into the electric fence. I didn't know that Curtin had electrified any fences. Their screams of anguish and the seeking of freedom, of humanity, in the most remote of Australia's mandatory detention centres, were heard asunder by many of the Asylum Seekers who languish in prison that is Curtin.
Two others recently released after a year and a half in Curtin Detention Centre have told me that the mental and physical despair, the loss of faith and the loss of human endurance is nearing either mass protests the like not seen since Woomera and Baxter or tragically the loss of resilience and faith in the bureaucracies will end up very soon with more Curtin Detention Centre Deaths. They say people are being monitored not for their safety or for any human concern however to keep them obedient no matter the mental effects.
"They look at us like we are not here, we hunger strike, we sick, we cry, we die, we not there to them, they not see us, they don't care, some smile, this is more pain for us."
These two Asylum Seekers who may have left the prison that is Curtin were the two Asylum Seekers taken to Broome Hospital, and these two were to be treated there and the police and SERCO were separating them from public contact and the scrutiny of the world, to keep secret from the media the unrest and dangerous traumas of Curtin. Once Jackie, an off duty nurse, spoke to them, while at Broome Hospital, she was unbelievably threatened to not talk to them, 'that it is illegal' to talk to them! Their hospital visit was cancelled by SERCO and they were rushed back to Curtin so as to prevent the events at Curtin reaching the rest of Australia. How many truths are hidden from the public right to know, from the balances and checks that ensure propriety and the common good? How many? SERCO, and all our relevant authorities have been caught out in utter despicability.
Curtin Detention Centre's answer to human despair, to acute and abject trauma, to the manifest of clinical disorders, to people breaking down, to escalating tensions, to SERCO's inadequate skill sets, to their lack of qualified personnel, to the fact that far too many SERCO staff are under-qualified or untrained former Centrelink recipients WAS FOR THESE MEN AND OTHERS TO BE HANDCUFFED AND SENT TO THE NOTORIOUS CHRISTMAS ISLAND DETENTION CENTRE. A charter plane was once again in the midst of the clandestine organised to fly these human beings to the Island. They are now in the notorious Red Compound, punished for being human, treated like something straight out of Orwell's 1984 or Kafka - there are no complaints processes for them, no trials, no-one to know other than the slips of truth that emanate from other humanity dishevelled by these abuses of power and the ills of the contemporary Australian political landscape.
People in Curtin are despairing towards more protests, people are screaming through the night, whistling and falling on their knees, crying, and the cries coalesce and the tensions thread together, and SERCO personnel do not know what to do other than practice in clandestine and bullish ways.
The United Nations Observers, UN Special Rapporteurs, the Australian Human Rights Commission must enter Curtin and Christmas Island Detention Centres immediately. The Australian Greens and even the Coalition must demand a visiting investigative team into these Centres and into the plight of these peoples.
SERCO cannot continue to lie like this, and cannot treat people in these cruel and horrific ways when they are in need of medical attention, and cannot lie to the Australian public of what is happening in Detention Centres, and if the Australian Government is complicit or is the guiding hand then this must be exposed.
Convener, Human Rights Alliance
PhD Law Researcher, Australian Deaths in Custody
0430 657 309