A 26 year old Sudanese refugee detainee has received a top human rights award for exposing what he has described as Australia’s “inhumane” treatment of asylum seekers.
Abdul Aziz Muhamat was held at the Manus Island detention centre after fleeing violence in Darfur, in Sudan.
Muhamat sent thousands of WhatsApp messages to a journalist who told his story in a podcast.
The Martin Ennals Award recognised his “extraordinary tenacity and courage”.
Speaking about his inhumane treatment, he noted Prisoners were fed through a chain-link fence and treated worse than animals.
The situation further culminated when he was stripped of his name and referred to as a number- QNK002.