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Where in the world are human rights abuses?

I’m part of the generation that learnt geography from playing Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? I played the Deluxe 1992 edition at home, honing my detective skills and knowledge of capital cities.


In this latest edition, I’d invite you to play Where In The World Are Human Rights Abuses? For this version, there is only one answer, and all the clues point to this particular country. You will be given clues from security guards, asylum seekers and a contracting company running an immigration detention centre.

First, let’s query the security guards of an immigration detention facility:

  • There are allegations that security guards paid female refugees for sex;
  • A security guard had “inappropriate” relationship with a 17-year old asylum seeker;
  • Another security guard hit an asylum seeker, who is a child, on the bum.

Hmm, this could be any country that hosts refugees and asylum seekers: Kenya, Ethiopia, Chad. There were recent reports of child rape in the Central African Republic, but these allegations were against French peacekeepers not security guards. Let’s query the asylum seekers and inspect the detention centre for more information:

  • The asylum seekers lodged 33 claims of rape or sexual assault against the security company;
  • A child who was sexually assaulted by a staff member remained in the centre;
  • 30 allegations of child abuse were made against centre staff;
  • Only two sanitary pads were given to women at any one time because these were deemed a “security” risk.
  • Asylum seekers were reportedly referred to by a number, rather than their names.

The fact that claims could be lodged by the asylum seekers and refugees suggests a bureaucracy, perhaps even a functioning one. It could be Jordan, Thailand or Pakistan. Last, let’s inspect the company running the detention centre, and the company contracted to provide healthcare, for the final clues:

  • The contract to run the detention centre is worth $1.2 billion over 20 months;
  • The current company running the centre has a human rights policy, but it has only been in place for little over a week;
  • The company spied on a Senator when she visited in 2013;
  • An unexploded bomb from WWII was found under the tent that acted as a primary school.
  • The company that provides healthcare to all detention centres for this country, worth $1.6 billion, is failing. Children are receiving required vaccinations only 7% of the time.

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Over to you. Where in the world are these asylum seekers and refugees, and which country has their duty of care?

Sources: Guardian, Buzzfeed, SBS

Featured image of the world on two hands from Pixabay.


Tony Abbott’s business proposal for an Indonesian fisherman

On the 23rd August 2013, Australian Prime Minister-in-waiting Tony Abbott announced a new policy of regional deterrence for asylum seekers hoping to settle in Australia. The policy included the ability to buy un-seaworthy boats from Indonesian fishermen. (Otherwise known as the boat-buy back scheme.) This policy would ensure that the boats did not end up in the hands of people smugglers, and be responsible for the drownings of asylum seekers at sea.

In an exclusive for WhyDev, I managed to dig up the original email that Abbott sent to Indonesian fishermen. It is clearly inspired by the Nigerian bank scams that anyone with an email address is sure to be familiar with. This exclusive correspondence is below:


Dear Respected Indonesian Fisherman,


Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it’s esteeming nature and the recommendations given to me as a reputable and trust worthy person I can do business with and by the recommendations I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business.

I am Anthony John Abbott, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Henry Abbott. My father was English-born and I was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. However, my father moved our family in 1960 to Australia by boat and we settled in northern Sydney. Although I attended a Catholic seminary, I am now an elected representative of the Australian people. Recently, with the death of the Australian Labor Party, the Treasury secretly told me that they have a sum of $20.000.000 (Twenty Million Dollars) for a policy of the regional deterrence of people smuggling left in a suspense account in the Treasury in Canberra.

It was also explained to me that because of the extraordinary number of boats and asylum seekers making their way to Australia, that I should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for buying back their fishing boats. Sir, we are honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways.

  1. To provide a Bank account where this money will be transferred to.
  2. Handing over of your fishing boat vessel upon receipt of Bank transfer.

Moreover, we are willing to offer you a bounty payment for specific information that leads to the arrest of people smugglers in your village.  Please feel free to contact me via this email address:


Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God Bless

Best Regards

The Honourable Anthony John Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia