For multinational company Ferrovial, the Nauru and Manus Island detention centres are a treasure island from which it makes huge profits. But these profits come at a horrific human cost: the suffering and abuse of over 2,000 people seeking asylum.

Ferrovial is the sole shareholder of Broadspectrum, the Australian company that runs the refugee “processing” centres on Nauru and Manus Island. As such Ferrovial is complicit in the everyday abuse and appalling conditions faced by people who are simply seeking safety.

Ferrovial’s CEO knows that the system set up by the Australian Government for the men, women and children is deliberately cruel and inhumane. These people are humiliated, neglected and abused on a daily basis.

The suffering of these people is made worse by the fact that they are trapped – they cannot leave, even after being officially recognised as a refugee.

No company should profit from torture or abuse. 

Ferrovial has publicly claimed that it will end its operations on the two islands when its current contract with the Australian government ends on 31st October 2017. We want to make sure that it sticks to its promise.

Take action by emailing Ferrovial’s CEO and demand the company terminates its operations on Nauru and Manus Island as soon as possible.

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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.

Yours sincerely,

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