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Asylum seeker deported by Australia, tortured in China

Posted by Author on June 29, 2007

AAP, via The Age, Australia, June 29, 2007-

An asylum seeker who was denied an Australian protection visa and deported back to China in April says he was interrogated and roughed up by Chinese officials as soon as he returned.

The deportee, referred to only as Mr Zhang, had claimed he would be persecuted if he was sent back to China but was refused asylum in Australia.

ABC radio reported that Mr Zhang was of interest to the Chinese government because he had supported students during the 1989 pro-democracy movement.

While in Australia, he supported protests by the Falun Gong spiritual group, which is banned in China, and was involved in a hunger strike at the Villawood detention centre.

Mr Zhang said as soon as he arrived back in China he was interrogated for more than 15 days.

“They said okay, what you have done in Australia we realise completely,” he told ABC radio through an interpreter.

“Policemen pushed me down on the ground.

“One … stepped on me … it was broken, the left hand, the middle finger.”

Officers from China’s Public Security Bureau told Mr Zhang he had disgraced his country and that execution was too good for him, according to the report.

Lawyer Stephen Blanks blamed the Australian government for refusing asylum seekers and sending them back to dangerous situations.

“The government has got a number of these cases wrong and by returning people, they are exposing them to severe treatment like torture, like execution,” he told ABC radio.

“If the government turns a blind eye to what’s going on, they’ll never find out how wrong the system is.”

A spokesperson for Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews said the minister was looking into the matter.

© 2007 AAPoriginal report from The Age

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