The 3 men in Pontville -the Tasmanian detention centre- have now been on hunger strike for 11 days. These men's cases were reviewed in the Courts and sent back to be reviewed a third time. They have been refused on the grounds that they are not refugees and would not face persecution in Afghanistan. Their life histories are stories of violence and loss, of family members shot and killed, of bombs going off with only half the family surviving, of being arrested for resisting Taliban attempts to steal property, of constant harrassment and fear of being killed and kidnapped. All documented and discarded as not worth worrying about.
They have been locked up now for two years first on Christmas Island, then Scherger, North Qld and now Pontville Tasmania.
Our refugee determination process has degenerated into a farce where reviewers read the minds of the minister and review accordingly.
Meanwhile three men lie on their beds in the Pontville huts and lose the will to survive.
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