Villawood 11b - Instrumentalised Exposure


Instrumentalised Exposure: In Transit

Malaysia and Indonesia are not signatories to the UN Refugee Convention and do not provide protection for refugees. Here, people seeking asylum can apply to the UNHCR for refuge, but they remain unrecognised under law and risk being detained by police or immigration authorities. Detention centres and prisons are typically overcrowded and rife with abuse which results in high rates of deaths in custody. People are forced to live in a state of fear, poverty and precariousness; adults cannot work and children cannot attend school. In late 2009, it was reported that Malaysia was ‘cracking down’ on asylum seekers. At this time in Indonesia, Iraqis and Hazaras accounted for the majority of people being held in Indonesian detention centres and prisons. In early 2010, it was reported that Australia could expect an influx of refugees from Iraq.

‘He was the most stoic among us – he had a brave heart, while I was scared, he was just normal – joking, poking fun at us when we crossed by boat from Malaysia to Indonesia.’

Saed Mousab (Ahmed Al-Akabi’s friend)


Source: Border Crossing Observatory, ‘Australian Border Deaths Database’


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