Human rights and asylum seeker advocates are condemning a decision to employ a former Sri Lankan military officer as the acting manager of the Manus Island detention camp, Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
The ABC has confirmed that Dinesh Perera has been running the facility for the G4S security company.
The director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law centre, Emily Howie, says Mr Perera should be removed.
“It’s completely inappropriate for anyone with links to the Sri Lankan military to be in charge of the welfare and well-being of vulnerable asylum seekers, including Tamils,” Ms Howie said.
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