Sydney (dpa) – Asylum seekers held at the Australian-run detention
centre on Manus Island were not given muesli bars with the brand name
Freedom because the word might be “very sensitive” to inmates, it was
Over 22,000 US dollars worth of the muesli bars delivered to the
Manus Island detention centre off Papua New Guinea had been sent
back, broadcaster ABC reported.
Government documents released after a Freedom of Information request
showed that the brand name Freedom was the reason why the muesli bars
were rejected, the report said.
The government department in charge of the detention centre
reportedly banned the snacks as “the word freedom is very sensitive
to the transferees.”
Freedom muesli bars that were not returned to Australia were served
to detainees without their wrapping, the documents showed.
Around 900 asylum seekers intercepted as they tried to reach
Australia by boat are currently in the Australian-run Manus Island
detention centre, part of Papua New Guinea.
The Australian government says the detainees will never be allowed
into Australia but will be sent back to their homeland or settled in
Papua New Guinea or Cambodia.