(BEIJING, China.) Says it is “deeply concerned” by the Australian government’s operation of offshore detention centres, and called for the sites to be closed immediately #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.14: Asylum seekers intercepted at sea en route to Australia are sent for processing to Papua New Guinea or to the South Pacific island of Nauru.Youtube How China is creating the world’s largest prison | Four Corners

China tells UN Australia’s offshore detention centres violate human rights, don’t have adequate conditions: ‘Ties between the two countries soured in 2018 when Australia became the first nation to publicly ban China’s Huawei from its 5G network and worsened when Australia last year called for an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus’

In a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, China alleged the detention centres “fall short of adequate medical conditions where a large number of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers have been detained over a long period of time or even indefinitely, and their human rights have been violated”

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Asylum-seekers look through a fence at the Manus Island detention centre
Asylum seekers intercepted at sea en route to Australia are sent for processing to Papua New Guinea or Nauru.(Reuters)

It did not specify any locations, describing them as “third countries”.

“We urge Australia to immediately close down all offshore detention centres and take concrete steps to protect the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, especially children,” China said in its statement, which it submitted on behalf of a group of unnamed countries.

It also called on Australia to carry out “comprehensive and fair investigations” into reported cases of “serious war crimes” committed by Australian troops overseas.

An Australian inquiry published in November said Australian special forces were suspected of killing 39 unarmed prisoners and civilians in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016, drawing criticism from China’s foreign ministry. 

China itself has long faced accusations that it operates detention centres, with UN experts and rights groups estimating it has detained more than a million people in its Xinjiang region, mostly Uyghur and other Muslim minorities, in a vast system of camps.

China breaching genocide convention with ‘intent to destroy’ Uyghurs

A huge detention complex in Xinjiang seen by satellite, it has a high perimeter wall with watchtowers.
ASPI says this enormous, newly built detention complex in Kashgar, Xinjiang, could house over 10,000 people.(Maxar via Google Earth)

China has described the camps as vocational centres designed to combat extremism.

China’s frontier of fear Satellite imagery lifts the lid on the size and spread of China’s internment camps, used to indoctrinate vast numbers of the Xinjiang region’s Muslim population

According to a major new report by a US-based think tank Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, China has breached every provision of the UN Genocide Convention, with “intent to destroy” the Uyghurs as a group in the country’s north-western Xinjiang region.

The United Nations has said there are credible reports that at least 1 million Uyghurs are detained in Xinjiang’s “re-education” camps.

Beijing has repeatedly stressed that its policies in Xinjiang are necessary to counter extremism and terrorism.

It has repeatedly denied its ethnic policies amount to genocide, but the report maintained the Chinese Communist Party had violated “each and every act” prohibited in Article II of the Genocide Convention.

A woman wearing a headscarf and a face mask at a protest
There are reports of Uyghur women being forcibly sterilised.(Reuters: Murad Sezer)

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China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi called the allegations “ridiculously absurd” and “a complete lie”.

“The so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang is ridiculously absurd. It is a rumour with ulterior motives and a complete lie,” he said.

A number of nations, including the United States and Canada, have labelled the persecution of the Uyghur people genocide in light of growing evidence of abuses at “re-education camps” in Xinjiang.

But Australia has not.

It has previously expressed criticism of China’s treatment of Uyghurs, and joined other countries at the UN Human Rights Council, including the UK, Canada and Germany, in calling upon China to end its detention of the ethnic minority.Youtube Dr Adrian Zenz says China’s policy of transferring Uyghurs to labour programs in is designed to thin out and assimilate the ethnic minority.

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UPDATE: ‘ AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT FAILED TO PROTECT ASYLUM SEEKERS IN ITS CUSTODY SENATE INQUIRY REPORT ‘

#AceWorldNews – Update: AUSTRALIA – Dec.11 – The Australian government failed to protect asylum seekers in its custody during a deadly riot at an immigration detention centre earlier this year, according to a Senate inquiry report released on Thursday.

' Nauru Detention Centre '

‘ Nauru Detention Centre ‘

It also found that staff from security company G4S took part in the violence, and accused Australia’s immigration minister of misleading the public to cast blame on the riot’s victims, Reuters said.

Offshore detention centres in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific island nation of Nauru are used to process would-be refugees trying to reach the country.

#ANS2014 

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‘ FBI Order Investigation into Escape by Two Asylum Seekers & Car-Jacking of 91 -year-old Navy Veteran’s Car’

#AceNewsServices UNITED STATES (Illinois) – October 11 – Two teenage asylum seekers from Guatemala have escaped a detention centre in Illinois and car-jacked a 91-year-old Navy veteran’s car.   

EXCLUSIVE: Feds order review of security at all facilities holding illegal immigrant children after two Guatemalan teens escape from Illinois detention center and carjack a 91-year-old Navy veteran

EXCLUSIVE: Feds order review of security at all facilities holding illegal immigrant children after two Guatemalan teens escape from Illinois detention center and carjack a 91-year-old Navy veteran

The incident has prompted the federal government to order a security review at all 139 shelters across the country that house illegal immigrant minors, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

The boys, age 16 and 17, were able to walk away unchallenged from Maryville Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois, outside Chicago, on Wednesday morning and carjack two victims before they were arrested more than 225 miles away outside Iowa City, Iowa, according to authorities.

Police say they targeted an elderly man in Moline, Illinois, who was picking up his prescription at Walmart. 

They threatened him with violence, forced him out of his car and then sped off with his Buick LeSabre.  

A 225-mile escape plan: Police say the escaped teens, age 16 and 17, were headed for California, where one of them has family

Police tell MaiIOnline they were headed for California, where one of the teens has family.

The teens had been transferred to the Illinois facility after crossing the US-Mexico border as unaccompanied minors and requesting asylum in the United States.

Source:

#ANS2014

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GERMANY: ‘ Police Start Investigation into Six Private Security Guards Accused of Assaulting, Humiliating and Abusing Asylum Seekers ‘

#AceNewsServices – GERMANY (Berlin) October 04 – German police Monday started an investigation into six private security guards at a refugee centre accused of assaulting and humiliating asylum seekers in ways that drew comparisons to abuse against Guantanamo Bay prisoners, with some nicknamed the SS The Local reported. 

' German officers were Nicknamed the SS ' The Local reported'

‘ German officers were Nicknamed the SS ‘ The Local reported’

Police also questioned hundreds of refugees after disturbing photo and video footage emerged at the weekend, including an image showing a security guard pinning a handcuffed Algerian man to the floor with his boot on the man’s neck.

Police said they launched their investigation after a journalist passed on to them cellphone video footage that showed security guards forcing an elderly man to lie on a mattress covered in vomit while threatening to beat him.

North Rhine-Westphalia state Interior Minister Ralf Jaeger pledged to pursue “with utmost determination” the case in the refugee centre in Burbach, about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-east of Cologne, vowing to ensure “that this never happens again”.

“These are images of the kind we’ve seen from Guantanamo Bay,” said Frank Richter, police chief of the nearby city of Hagen, referring to the controversial US military detention facility in Cuba.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman said that if investigations confirm that “refugees were abused and humiliated, then these would be repulsive acts”.

“We are a humane country. In Germany, the dignity of man is respected… and that must be true in asylum centres and refugee camps,” said Steffen Seibert.

Sources: The Local – AFP – Relief Web  

#ANS2014 

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“Papua New Guinea sees `Riot’ at `Detention Centre’ claim victims with `1 Asylum Seeker Dead and at least 77 Injured’

#AceWorldNews says one asylum seeker was killed and at least 77 others were injured during the second riot in a week at a detention centre in Papua New Guinea,

Reuters quoted Australia’s Immigration Minister as saying on Tuesday:

`The centre is used for processing asylum seekers trying to come to Australia. Clashes began as asylum seekers broke out of the centre. One of the injured was in critical condition’

The centre is part of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s policy against asylum seekers and has faced criticism over human rights concerns.

“Our sympathies are extended to the transferees – that person’s family and friends who would have been in the facility as well,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said in reference to the dead asylum seeker.

“If people choose to remove themselves from that centre then they’re obviously putting themselves at much greater risk and in an environment where there is violent behaviour.”

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” Australia Apologises to Indonesia for Naval Breaches of their Territory”

#AceWorldNews says Australia apologized to Indonesia on Friday for naval breaches of Indonesian territory, Reuters reported. The breaches happened as Canberra stop boats carrying would-be asylum seekers from entering its waters. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison had been told earlier this week about the “inadvertent breaches” on multiple days and immediately informed the Indonesian navy. A formal apology would be issued by Australia’s embassy in Jakarta on Friday. Indonesia downgraded its relations with Australia in November as a result of spying allegations.

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Israel: “Could be Breaking International Law by Limiting Rights of Asylum Seekers”

#AceWorldNews says the United Nations refugee agency today warned that Israel could be breaking international law by limiting the rights of asylum-seekers with a new amendment to the country’s anti-infiltration law.

Of particular concern to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is a provision in the new Amendment requiring asylum-seekers to reside in a so-called open residence facility.

“Since the facility was housing people who cannot be returned to their countries of origin for reasons of non-refoulement, the organization is concerned that this facility could, in effect, result in indefinite detention, with no release grounds,” UNHCR spokesperson Adrian Edwards said in Geneva.

The facility, located in the Negev desert, also restricts movement by mandating people reside there, and report in three times per day, among other discipline measures.

Mr. Edwards said that UNHCR understands the challenges faced by Israel in managing the reception of migrants and asylum-seekers. However, it was important that the treatment of asylum-seekers “be in line with international refugee and human rights law,” he concluded.

Under the Amendment, new asylum-seekers arriving in an irregular manner will automatically be detained for at least a year, as will people whose conditional release visas have expired.

Difficulties in renewing visas are meanwhile growing, the spokesperson noted, with reports of long queues and limited access to visa services.

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