Amnesty International, International Health And Medical Services

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Amnesty International strongly opposes Part 6 of the Act and claims that the Act is an escalation in the federal government’s attempt to uphold their political interests and keep the details of the conditions and treatment of asylum seekers held in detention centres from the public (Amnesty International, 2015). Amnesty International explain that they would deem any person prosecuted under the Act for publicly revealing the abuses that occur in detention centres to be a ‘prisoner of conscience’ (Amnesty International, 2015). In addition to that, Amnesty International would hold Australia in the same light as countries such as Saudi Arabia, Myanmar and Cuba, whereby those who publicly defend human rights and criticise government practice are imprisoned (Amnesty International, 2015).
Dr John-Paul Sanggaran, a former employee of the Department’s healthcare provider – International Health and Medical Services – explains that prior to the formation of the Act, Department employees already signed confidentiality agreements and to add a possible two year jail sentence for “looking after those for whom we have a duty of care… is gross human rights violations” (Sedghi, 2015). Dr Kieran Owens – a previous employee to the Department of Community Services – advances this and opines that in a democratic society one must be able to speak on behalf of those who cannot themselves and by silencing employees who work in detention centres is taking a step in the direction of fascism (Owens,…

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