PETITION: Bring Them Here
In April, the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea ruled that detaining people in Australia's abusive Manus Island camp is illegal. And the PNG Prime Minister announced that the camp will be closed.
The governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia are deciding right now what will happen to the men still imprisoned on Manus Island. Legally, they might have a few options – but morally, there's only one. Everyone we illegally imprisoned brought here to safety.
And the same is true for the detention camp on Nauru.
In as many weeks, two people have set themselves on fire on Nauru, including one man who has died. And now, a 26 year old man Bangladeshi refugee has died in a hospital in Nauru following a series of cardiac arrests.
Every day, more and more evidence emerges that this detention regime is in dangerous chaos - and that we must bring people here, to safety.
#LetThemStay showed that more people than ever supported allowing people seeking asylum already in Australia to move into our communities. That demonstration of community support worked – nobody was deported back to Nauru or Manus Island.
Now, we must prove definitively that our shared compassion extends to those on Manus Island and Nauru.
While the government is scrambling for a response to this ruling, we need to say loud and clear that the people we have unlawfully imprisoned on Manus Island and Nauru should be brought here to safety. Will you sign the petition to #BringThemHere?
BRING THEM HERE
To the Prime Minister and Immigration Minister,
Mounting evidence – from doctors, lawyers, and the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea – has shown your policy of mandatory offshore detention is immoral, abusive and illegal.
It has never been clearer that the camps on Manus Island and Nauru must be closed, and the people who have suffered in them be treated with compassion and dignity.
Please take this opportunity to do the right thing by those the Australian government has imprisoned for years, and allow them to start rebuilding their lives in safety, in our communities.
Bring them here.