Detention centre staff defy Australian government’s refugee censorship laws - World Socialist Web Site
Detention centre staff defy Australian government’s refugee censorship laws
By Will Morrow
2 July 2015
In an act of political defiance, and considerable personal courage, 41 medical professionals, teachers and other former staff inside Australia’s refugee detention camps yesterday issued an open letter challenging the reactionary “Border Force Act.” The law, which took effect yesterday, contains extraordinary provisions for imposing jail sentences on anyone who publicly speaks out on the conditions inside the detention centres.
The professionals state in their letter that the law “strengthens the wall of secrecy which prevents public scrutiny. We have advocated, and will continue to advocate, for the health of those for whom we have a duty of care, despite the threats of imprisonment, because standing by and watching sub-standard and harmful care, child abuse and gross violations of human rights is not ethically justifiable.”