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The Manus Island Regional Processing Centre, located off the north east coast of Papua New Guinea, is eight hundred kilometres from the country’s capital, Port Moresby, and even further away from Canberra. Last July, when Kevin Rudd announced that asylum seekers arriving by boat would be sent to Manus and settled in PNG, many thought they would be out of sight and out of mind. All that changed earlier this year.
On the 16th and 17th February violent confrontations at the centre left one man dead and dozens injured. There are now at least four inquiries under way investigating the violence. There is still no official public explanation of what happened during those two days.
Four Corners reporter Geoff Thompson puts together the most comprehensive account yet of what took place in and around the processing centre in February this year.
* Special thanks to Tara Moss for additional research.
In February I was unexpectedly contacted by one of my many long-standing crime research contacts. He explained that he is currently stationed at Manus Island, and that the information being made public about the violence that took place there was not correct. He explained that he was one of those who worked on the now deceased Mr Reza Barati, 23, trying to save his life.
Inhumane conditions, self-harming and mismanagement… we’ve heard the claims about life inside the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres.
Now Dateline has the evidence of what’s really going on there.
Images obtained by author Tara Moss, from contacts on Manus Island, show the aftermath of unrest which left one man – Reza Barati – dead. Moss blogs about more details on the photographs and other events on Manus…
The ABC has obtained audio recordings made inside the Manus Island detention centre before and after the deadly violence last month.
The recordings suggest protests in the days leading up to the riot were noisy but non-violent.
They also give new accounts of gunfire and tell of ongoing fears of further attacks.
The audio was provided to the ABC by crime writer and UNICEF ambassador Tara Moss, who has been posting information online from sources on Manus Island.