Diac Releases Official Information on the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre’s Breach of Security
Christmas Island, Australia (News4us.com) March 12, 2011
An incident involving a group of detainees at the Christmas Island Immigration Detention Centre (CIIDC) earlier today is being managed by Serco, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
A DIAC spokesman said the mood among those who remain in the centre is generally calm.
“There have been no reported injuries to staff or detainees although one person received medical treatment on-site for a pre-existing condition,” the spokesman said.
“Consideration is being given to what additional resources should be made available for the further management of facilities in the current climate.”
The detention services provider, DIAC and the AFP are continuing to engage with those involved and the Christmas Island community.
“A large group of detainees breached security at the centre early today and they have been monitored by police and detention services staff at all times,” the spokesman said.
“About 50 detainees are returning to the centre and efforts continue to encourage the remainder to return to their accommodation blocks.
“These people are being actively managed by detention services staff and police.”
The detention services provider, Serco, along with DIAC staff and police remain on-site to manage the situation, and all other immigration facilities on the island remain calm.
A full investigation into the circumstances of the incident will be conducted.
“We view this sort of protest activity very seriously,” the spokesman said. “Such actions will not influence the outcome of people’s cases and we will be undertaking further discussions with those involved as to the acceptable way to raise any issues they may have.”
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