From Wikipedia on Christmas Island, in the sea between Australia and Indonesia:
It has a unique natural topography and is of immense interest to scientists and naturalists due to the number of species of endemic flora and fauna which have evolved in isolation and undisturbed by human habitation.
Birds of Christmas Island: here.
What a shame to make such a beautiful island a scene of imprisonment for people who did not commit a crime, and of torture.
By Anna Samson from Australia:
Christmas Island, 2800 kilometres north-west of Perth, 2500 kilometres from Darwin and 500 kilometres from Singapore, is one of Australia’s most remote Indian Ocean territories.
It is where many asylum seekers first make their refugee claims.
But since the 2001 arrival of the Tampa and the island’s excision from Australia’s migration zone, the island has been pivotal to the Howard government’s heartless response to asylum seekers.
[I] visited Christmas Island in February to assess the offshore processing centre and the new, maximum security lock up.
See also here.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has slammed the Canberra government for detaining child refugees in a crowded detention camp on remote Christmas Island: here.
Inside Christmas Island refugee jail: here.
Christmas Island crabs at mercy of crazy ants: here.