The 2,200 people that the Australian Government has trapped on Nauru and Manus Island cannot wait for safety any longer. Our government must immediately end this secret abuse and bring people in offshore detention to safety in Australia.
These people face ongoing uncertainty and danger. In the latest incident on Good Friday, gunfire sprayed into the Manus Island detention centre. Despite our government’s claims that shots were ‘fired into the air’, photo evidence shows that bullets were fired into the detention centre. This dangerous situation was inevitable and is yet another example of the Australian Government risking the lives and safety of the people it has trapped in offshore detention centres.
Last year Amnesty’s most senior researcher, Anna Neistat, visited Nauru. She said the Australian Government had “designed a system of deliberate abuse” to deter people seeking safety who arrive by boat.
Many people trapped on Manus Island and Nauru suffer from serious mental health problems which are inadequately treated and exacerbated by the appalling conditions in which they’re forced to live. Anxiety, self-harm and suicide attempts are frequent, with children as young as nine speaking openly about wanting to end their lives.