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Sunday, 23 February 2014

Former Sri Lankan military officer the acting manager of Manus Is

Former Sri Lankan military officer the acting manager of Manus Is



Human rights and asylum seeker advocates are condemning
a decision to employ a former Sri Lankan military officer as the acting
manager of the Manus Island detention camp.
The ABC has confirmed that Dinesh Perera has been running the facility for the G4S security company.

The director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law centre, Emily Howie, says Mr Perera should be removed.

"It's
completely inappropriate for anyone with links to the Sri Lankan
military to be in charge of the welfare and well-being of vulnerable
asylum seekers, including Tamils," Ms Howie said.


"There's a high likelihood that the Tamils being held there are fleeing persecution at the hands of the Sri Lankan military.

"This
isn't about the activities of this one man. It's about way that
Australia takes care of the asylum seekers who are in its custody.




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