Back in September, two asylum seekers being held at the Nauru detention centre were charged with damage to tents and not co-operating with police. Yesterday, it was decided the men will face court for their crimes.
A spokesmen for the Nauru government told reporters that the court order was a natural progression of justice: the refugees were expected to obey the local laws of Nauru while they remained there.
Few people would argue with this in principle. Refugees and asylum seekers are transitory citizens of a place, and should be subject to the laws of the land.
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While the enormity of the Japanese earthquake disaster has pushed the importance of other news to one side, there has in the last week been growing troubles at our immigration detention centres which at another time would be front page news.
Last night there was another riot at the Christmas Island detention centre, involving 250 asylum seekers who armed themselves with improvised weapons, threw rocks at police and set tents and sheds alight, forcing another 280 detainees to be moved for their own safety.
The Australian Federal Police have taken over security for Christmas Island which now, while already being packed, has now been further damaged according to the Department of Immigration. The death of a 20-year-old Afghan detainee at the Scherger centre in Queensland overnight has also been reported.
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