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Most recent news below; 8th June 2005:
Mass Deportation to China. Is it safe?
May 25 2005
Re the current possible mass deportation to China.
I presume some of the Chinese in detention are overstayers and some are asylum seekers.
Some will no doubt be sentenced to time in the notorious re-education camps where torture is the norm.
If anyone is looking for information about the re-education camps and torture in China today reputable reports paint a frightening picture. Also the 2004 British Home Office Report on China and the US State Department 2004 report attest to the torture of thousands of people.
From talking to Peter McGauran's office last week I know that the line of DIMIA regarding deportation of Falun Gong practitioners is that ordinary people are not in danger of torture but only prominent people. It seems they are relying on information from pre 2002 and it is outdated and wrong today. Doubtless their information on the safety of other Chinese people is similarly wrong.
The most detailled evidence concerning torture in China is found in the United Nations Special Report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Torture:
The documents contain the opinions adopted in its 35th, 36th and 37th sessions held in Nov-Dec 2002, May 2003 and September 2003. In one report details of over 130 instances of torture, some resulting in death, were cited.
United Nations Economic and Social Council, E/CN.4/2004/3/Add.1 26 November 2003
United Nations Economic and Social Council, E/CN.4/2004/3/ 15 December 2003
United Nations Economic and Social Council, E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.1 23 March 2004
Reported torture includes severe beatings, whippings with poisonous hemp, hanging by the wrists, deprivation of food and sleep, dousing with extremely old or hot water, shocking sensitive body parts with high voltage electric batons, and sodomising with sticks.
I don't think you can get these reports easily on the net but there is a media report on the UN reports at http://www.asianresearch.org/articles/2127.html.
"United Nations' Rapporteur on torture highlights China, Falun Gong ahead of planned visit"
Falun Gong has soft copy book- A4, with all these reports in it and you could get you the book from Falun Gong in any state I think- for free or $5. It has a section at the back with numerous photos of simulated torture used in the re-education camps. It is a compilation of UN Reports.
"United Nations Reports into China's Persecution of the Falun Gong."
Most of the Chinese detainees are probably not Falun Gong but if they have fallen foul of the same government then the sentences and torture won't be any different for them.
If we allow people to be deported to torture then are we any better than those who turned a blind eye when the jews were being taken off to the camps in Europe?
If you want to stop Australia deporting people to torture then I urge you to phone or fax Senator Vanstone's office and object to forced deportation to China and to ask what the government plans to do to ensure no-one deported goes to one of the re-education torture camps. Since the Minister's office does not seem to have accurate information you might like to cite the above UN, US State Department or the British Home Office reports.
from Pamela Curr 8th June 2005:
In the past two weeks Chinese officials have been conducted through Baxter, Villawood and the Port Augusta Housing project by Australian immigration staff. These officials , comprising 3 men and one woman have been given acces to interview detainees.
They were allowed into the Housing project to speak to women there. Neither visitors, Ministers or pastoral care visitors are allowed into the Housing project. Women report that the officials showed no idetification, nor gave their names. They asked the women their names, childrens names and ages and what they were waiting for. They also asked them to sign adocument written in English. The women speak little and read no English. Some women have so called "black children" that is a third child who under Chinese law is not entitled to Medical or health care and for whom the parents must pay a fine. They are very frightened to have to give details to the Chinese.
At Villawood and Baxter the men were asked to sign adocument written in English which had a "DIMIA stamp" at the top and was written in English which the men could not read. Some men were told by the officials that they were from the "National Security Bureau" but no names were given.
In Villawood the 20 - 30 men held in isolation for 2++ weeks have now been released and the planned mass deportation temporarily halted. While not all Chinese detainees are asylum seekers, others are and are in the middle of process. The Australian government has no right to give detils and access to officials from the same country from which these people are fleeing. This is not the first time this has happened. the Iranian government was also given access. Both these countries have deplorable human rights records.
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