Dear Mr. Meirás,
I am writing to ask that Ferrovial stop profiting from the abuse of refugees by keeping to its stated commitment to end its operations on Nauru and Manus Island on 31 October 2017.
Australia’s offshore “processing” regime on Nauru and Manus Island systematically and intentionally violates the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. Amnesty International considers that the system on Nauru amounts to torture.
When Ferrovial bought Broadspectrum it knew of the conditions faced by refugees and people seeking asylum on Nauru and Manus Island. As sole shareholder of Broadspectrum, it is responsible for Broadspectrum’s continuing operations on the islands and therefore for facilitating the continuation of an abusive situation.
As a result, Ferrovial is complicit in the Australian Government’s violations of the human rights of refugees and asylum seekers. It is also making a substantial profit from this inherently abusive system.
Ferrovial has publicly claimed that Broadspectrum will not provide services at the refugee processing centres (RPCs) on Nauru and Manus Island after its contract expires on 31st October 2017.
I respectfully ask you to keep to this stated commitment. I also ask you to work with the Government of Australia to ensure that, as you end your contract, a transition plan is in place that will minimize the risk of further harm and suffering for refugees and people seeking asylum at the RPCs on Nauru and Manus Island.
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