The other night I was watching Lateline, an Australian news show and they had Secretary General Salil Shetty of Amnesty International on for an interview.
You can watch the interview at this link though it is an edited version for some reason and not the full interview I watched.
First and foremost to Salil Shetty, go fu#k yourself. I sat and listened to this idiot bad mouth my country. How about making more of an effort and cleaning up your own country being India. India is a disgrace when it comes to human rights and listening to this asshole say,
“Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and Indigenous people is deeply disturbing and an international embarrassment,” pissed me off.
Asylum seekers, in Australia you are either for or against them. I am against.
I agree that people have the right to flee a country when their lives are in danger, their country is being torn apart by war and so forth.
What I do not agree with is the complaints from these NGO’s that claim Australia is wrong in housing asylum seekers in detention centres like Shetty did.
“Australia's treatment of asylum seekers and refugees is simply not acceptable and indeed illegal” he has said.
“Australia's simply in breach of international refugee law and there's no getting around it.”
“So the idea of detention is fundamentally against international refugee conventions. So it's fine to do an ID check and a screening but you cannot put people in mandatory detention centres. They can be put in the community and that's how it's done across the world.”
I am sorry but I do not agree. These people would not be easy to screen. I mean if they have no documents at all, and even if they do. How does immigration verify their claims of who they are?
Just put them into the general population, house and feed them, give them an allowance until they check out or are deported, you have to be kidding me.
So some of these people and families have been in detention for years, in one case a family has been in detention for nearly 5 years. I am sorry but so be it. If you stay there for 10 years, so be it. If you do not like it, then return to your country and take the cards that are dealt to you.
He said this, "Conditions are very bad there. Even for the very young people. Every day - they're having sleeping pills to treat depression. Mental health conditions are appalling with self-harm cases increasing and suicide."
And we are to blame, Australia. We as Australians shoved them on a boat or a plane and made them seek asylum in Australia. They choose to seek asylum in Australia, then sit down and shut up and in due process you will be either accepted as an asylum seeker or deported. It’s as simple as that.
When I have seen the protests in the detention centres and the detainees destroying property, I truly want to take a baton and beat the living hell out of them. Am I a racist? Am I inhumane? Maybe I am.
When I read that asylum seekers couldn’t be deported as they were hostile and made threats before boarding a plane, simple, bound and gag them, tie them up and throw them on the plane.
What I don’t understand are the asylum claims of people who come by air, they fly into Australia and one of the parts of getting a visa for Australia is, “you will not claim asylum”. That is pretty simple and shut to me.
So when someone does do this, cuff them, gag and hood them, inject them with a relaxant if necessary and remove them from Australian shores. Am I a racist? Maybe I am.
And then Shetty has a stab at Australia for the Aborigines. He travelled to a place called Utopia and said this.
"Devastating, I've been to many places in bad shape in Africa, Asia and Latin America but what makes it stark here is when you remind yourself you're actually in one of the richest countries in the world."
He was appalled at the lack of basics in the town, running water, electricity and so on. He went on about how wanting to move these towns into areas where all the things above were available, but then said that Aboriginals are part of the land. I understand that but if they don't want to leave what can we do, force them?
I worked for a company and we built housing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in remote parts of Australia. It was government expenditure and what I witnessed with my own eyes was deplorable, heartbreaking and baffling at times.
I remember one house that we had handed over just days before and we were called back to it (This is where you make big money) to repair doors that had been ripped off, holes in the walls and windows smashed. This happened a lot. We had a crew that virtually did maintenance on brand new housing.
I agree that what happened to the Aboriginals years ago by white settlers and governments gone by were wrong. I cannot ever put myself in their feet as I am not black. But I do know for years and years now, government after government have tried in many ways to make their quality of life better.
Anyway, back to Salil Shetty. I as an Australian am repulsed that you come to my country and then offload your verbal tripe. Especially when you own country of India is a disgrace, people who beat others to death as they are from a cast of the wrong level and married, burning people as they believe them to still be witches, the slums and poverty, the blatant corruption, the underage prostitution and the treatment of women.
So Shetty, go to India, and preach you drivel there, tell your country their failings and try to make India a rung higher on the ladder leading out of the sewer tank.
And I am not sure about an international organisation that collects donations and then pays the leaving secretary general £533,103 pounds or 4 times her yearly wage. And another ex-gratia payment to another person who resigned of £320,000 pounds. That is a lot of money and I am sure could have been used much better to champion fight for human rights that Amnesty International go on about.
I wonder for each dollar donated how much of that dollar actually hits the ground and helps the people it was intended for. I have read that between 50 and 80% of money donated can be eaten up before it reaches the people who need it the most.
That is my view anyway.