Welcome to Topical Thursday, today I like to consider the guidelines for detention centres and the story of the Iranian detainee who died on Christmas Island, Australia.
On the 9th of November 2015 the body of an Iranian refuge detainee Fazel Chegeni was found at the bottom of Christmas island detention centre in Australia. According to reports the detainee attempted to escape from the centre on the 7th of November. A lot has been said about his personality and history, I mourn for his family and share their loss. However, this article hopes to increase information on detention centres and relocations.
People relocate under different circumstances (peaceful/turbulent) all in search of a better/richer life. It would be impossible to plan what direction to take when forced to relocate by a crisis, however, it is still important to formulate some sort of plan when you can. The last thing you want is to be tossed about or stuck in a detention centre, ask questions, research as much as you possibly can.
Red tape can turn your quest for a better life into a nightmare, with some countries refusing to accept its citizens and the other refusing to grant access people are caught in limbo for days and years. Detention centres are not known for quality personal or health management practices: run by private contractors the placement of profit over quality care individuals /management is not difficult to envision. Regardless the UNHCR guidelines should be enforced. Find below the definition and guidelines concerning detention.
Detention is defined as the deprivation of liberty or confinement in a closed place which an asylum-seeker is not permitted to leave at will, including, though not limited to, prisons or purpose-built detention, closed reception or holding centres or facilities. (UNHCR 2012)
Certain individual should be given further consideration before being detained, they include:
- Pregnant women and nursing mothers
- Survivors of torture or trauma
- Victims of human trafficking
- The elderly or disabled; and Those in need of urgent physical or mental health care, including persons who have suffered violence in transit.
Illegal migrants are not covered by the above guidelines and definitions. I understand countries must safeguard their borders, however, illegal migrants should be treated with respect not harassed on the streets to identify themselves, as documented by border force TV series (UK and Australia). Being in limbo or living ‘underground’ is no way to live, think things through before leaving if you can, don’t live it to chance. I hope better solutions surface regarding immigrations across the world. Please note no human is illegal, but they can be illegal migrants.