Shut down Manus and Nauru
In February 2014, tensions between asylum seekers inside the Manus Island detention and PNG locals reached boiling point. Violence broke out in the detention centre, leaving many injured and one dead. Reza Berati, a 23-year old asylum seeker from Iran, was killed inside the centre by a blow to the head.
We hoped Reza's death would be the wake up call our Government needed. Time went by, charges weren't laid, conditions didn't improve and innocent people still sat in limbo on Manus.
The Government's inaction proved fatal for another young man from Iran, Hamid Kehazaei. The truly tragic thing about Hamid's death was that it was so preventable. He died from an infection that resulted from a cut on his foot. Manus is not, and never will be, safe.
Add your name to the petition calling for the immediate closure of the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres.
On Nauru, the have been of children being physically and sexually abused inside the detention centre. This is the place which our Government has deemed suitable and safe to send women and young children.
This is a policy that is costing Australians more than $1 billion a year to operate – but that pales in comparison to the human cost of Manus and Nauru.
Enough! Australians no longer want to see these injustices being perpetrated in our name. Sign on to call for a more compassionate Australia and demand the Government put an end to the shame that is Manus and Nauru, once and for all.
The Refugee Action Coalition
Doctors for Refugees
The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council
Unions for Refugees
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
National Tertiary Education Union
The Australian Federation of Islamic Councils
The Justice, Ecology and Development Office (JEDO) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Perth
Queenscliff Rural Australians for Refugees
Uniting Church in Australia Synod of NSW/ACT
Catholic Social Services Australia
Catholic Social Justice Commission, Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn
The Welcome Group
In collaboration with numerous groups and individuals fighting for compassionate and humane treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.
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To the Immigration Minister Peter Dutton and Members of the Australian Senate,
The conditions inside the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres are cruel, unsanitary and unacceptable. The safety and wellbeing of people inside these facilities cannot be guaranteed, as shown time and time again.
We call on you to abide by Australia's international legal and humanitarian obligations, put an end to this shameful policy and close the Manus Island and Nauru detention centres now.