Last night, after 6 years in different detention centres hoping to obtain asylum in Australia, Kurdish journalist and refugee Behrouz Boochani finally is out of Manus Island. He was invited as a guest speaker in New Zealand under a short term visa.
With his release from the detention centre, refugees hope they can flee out of the centres the Australian government is supporting. While the issue is not as prominent in the media as before, Amnesty International Australia continues visiting these detention centres, and refugees are in dire need of health and basic needs to live.
Could this set a precedent for other refugees held under Australia’s immigration detention policy?
I just arrived in New Zealand. So exciting to get freedom after more than six years. I have been invited by Word Festival in Christchurch and will participate in an event here. Thank you to all the friends who made this happen.
— Behrouz Boochani (@BehrouzBoochani) November 14, 2019