Western Australia hard border slammed by Human Rights Watch

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An international human rights organisation has slammed the Western Australian government for its hard COVID-19 border policy.

It came as stranded residents plead to be allowed to reunite with their loved ones.

Eddy Menendez, who works in Queensland, hasn’t been allowed to see his three children for months.

Western Australia’s hard border policy has been slammed by Human Rights Watch. ()

“It’s devastating… it’s been real hard,” he told .

“I’d be happy to quarantine myself or whatever it takes to go and see my children.”

“This has been going on now for seven months, and we’re just calling on the process to be much more transparent and compassionate,” HRW researcher Sophie McNeill said.

Mr McGowan is the only state and territory leader in the country who has refused to provide a roadmap for reopening his state, with the rest of the country’s leaders agreeing to a Christmas deadline.

Stranded Western Australians now fear they could miss out on festive reunions.

WA dad Eddy Menendez said he hadn’t been able to see his kids in months. ()

“We understand these concerns,” a spokesperson for the Premier told .

“We have to act in the interest of the entire state.”

State Shadow Health Minister Zak Kirkup called on Mr McGowan to “show some compassion.”

“Allow Western Australians stranded over east to get home and be reunited with their families,” he said.

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