A lawyer and human Rights activist has produced a report criticising the treatment of asylum seekers in Australian-funded facilities in Indonesia.
The report, Behind Australian Doors, details the complaints by asylum seekers about being beaten by guards in detention centres, of being forced to live in squalid residential accommodation with unclean water and little access to healthcare, even for women in childbirth.
Asylum seekers can spend years in Indonesia waiting for their asylum claims to be assessed by the UN Refugee agency – and then years more waiting for resettlement in a third country if they are found to be refugees.
ABC Radio National Presenter Peter Mares interviews Jessie Taylor, an Australian lawyer and human rights activist, and Christopher Lowenstein-Lom, the Asia Pacific spokesperson for the International Organization for Migration.
To Listen to the interview, go to the Radio National Website.