THE security contractor that used to run Australia’s Manus Island…

THE security contractor that used to run Australia’s Manus Island…

Lawyers claim Manus Island security contractor breached human rights. THE security contractor that used to run Australia’s Manus Island detention centre has committed serious human rights violations, lawyers have alleged. Human rights lawyers have filed a formal OECD (Organisation

THE security contractor that used to run Australia’s Manus Island...

Lawyers claim Manus Island security contractor breached human rights.

THE security contractor that used to run Australia’s Manus Island detention centre has committed serious human rights violations, lawyers have alleged.

Human rights lawyers have filed a formal OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) complaint against former security contractor G4S, arguing it failed to meet international standards on Manus Island.

Patricia Feeney, from Rights and Accountability in Development, said G4S and its UK parent company had responsibilities not to cause or contribute to human rights violations.

“G4S cannot evade responsibility simply because those violations are sanctioned by the Australian government,” Ms Feeney said in a statement on Tuesday.

Martin Appleby, a former G4S safety and security officer and training officer, said his former employer’s practices were inadequate.

“G4S’ training and risk management processes were woefully inadequate,” Mr Appleby said.

“The company must shoulder some of the responsibility for the human rights abuses suffered by asylum seekers as a result.”

Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati died and scores were injured during riots at the centre in February. Two men who were arrested are believed to have worked for G4S.

A review into Mr Barati’s death found that he suffered a severe brain injury “caused by a brutal beating by several assailants.”

The complaint, made under the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, has been submitted in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Keren Adams, a lawyer with Leigh Day, said the complaint should serve as a warning to other private companies involved in Australia’s refugee detention regime.

“G4S’ contract to run Manus has ended but Transfield has stepped into its place and there is little indication that conditions at the centre have materially improved,” Ms Adams said.

Source: theaustralian

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