Australia’s offshore and detention processing policy system is deliberately abusive.
On 24 November the Papua New Guinea authorities entered the decommissioned detention centre on Manus Island and forcibly removed the remaining men to three different detention centres near Lorengau town.
Footage captured PNG police using metal poles to beat men as they are dragged out.
Behrouz Boochani, an award-winning journalist and refugee on Manus Island has bravely been reporting this appalling situation. Behrouz was detained but has since been released. He tweeted:
“They handcuffed me for more than two hours in a place behind the prison camp. The police commander yelled at me ‘you are reporting against us.’ They pushed me several times and broke my belongings.”
Not only are the new centres incomplete and lacking in basic services, there is a real risk of violent attacks and abuse, from the community and security forces in PNG.
We need to do everything we can right now to stop this situation deteriorating further and get all of the men to safety in Australia..
You can help put a stop to this inhumane system– every one of us that speaks out adds pressure on the Australian Government to immediately bring the refugees to safety in Australia.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Phone: (02) 6277 7860
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Phone: 02 6277 4430
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OR email@example.com
Chair of the Liberal Party Backbench Committee on Immigration and Border Protection
Secretary of the Liberal Party Backbench Committee on Immigration and Border Protection
Your message to the politicians can go something like this
Please be polite and:
- Tell them your name and where you are calling from
- Tell them you are deeply concerned about the situation on Manus Island and the ongoing intimidation of the men
- Tell them they must immediately:
1. Make sure there is adequate medical care and support for the sick and injured men
2. Allow humanitarian access to each of the detention facilities
3. Evacuate all the people in offshore detention to a place of safety
- This is Australia’s responsibility and Australia must bring these people here. Australia should not stand in the way of other countries offering to take the men to safety. This is urgent and can’t wait until the USA processing finishes.
- PNG is not a safe place for refugees and asylum seekers and does not offer a long term solution for these men to rebuild their lives.
- Thank them for their time.
Tell us how it went
Please tell us how your call went so we can use that information in the next steps for helping the people on Manus.
Want to do more? Once you’ve called you can also tweet to the targets. Example tweets: