The horrific treatment of one of the New Zealanders on Christmas Island has been revealed to Labour’s Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis.
Davis recently visited the Christmas Island Detention Centre where he was restricted from seeing Kiwi detainee Czarion Strang-Taisau, however he got the opportunity to speak to him on Friday night.
According to Davis, in his conversation with the 21-year-old detainee, Strang revealed he was injured in an incident at the detention centre, for which he had a medical assessment. However in a raid on his room after the assessment, medical records and personal items went missing, leaving no proof of the incident.
Strang went on to give more detail of his maltreatment to Davis, describing incidents when he was “hosed down”, made to sleep in a cold room and witness the attempted suicide of a fellow detainee.
“It’s fair to say the detainees feel desperate and hopeless,” says Davis.
Two months ago, Strang became a father for the second time but still hasn’t met his new daughter. His father, Keith Strang says his partner Cerah and his two children are his motivation to stay in Australia.
“They’re trying to break him mentally and physically, but he doesn’t want to show weakness, he wants to survive for his family,” says Strang, who spoke to us from his home in New Zealand.
Te Kāea contacted the Minister of Immigration and the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia for comment and are still awaiting a reply.
It is still uncertain whether any of the detainees are receiving any support and Davis plans to contact Foreign Minister Murray McCully to see what support the government is offering to the detainees.