lørdag, november 27, 2010

Religious 'bullying' among Christmas Island detainees

An Iraqi asylum seeker being detained on Christmas Island says he is living in fear that he will be targeted by other detainees because of his religious beliefs.

In Iraq, life is getting harder for believers in faiths other than Islam.

At the end of last month, an attack on Iraq's dwindling Christian community left 58 people dead and Al Qaeda has warned that more killings would follow.

Another victimised minority are the Sabian Mandaean, whose followers revere John the Baptist.

Some have fled to Australia and now a Mandaean detainee on Christmas Island fears that the persecution has followed him here.