After being trapped for years on Manus Island in Australia’s offshore detention centre, Iranian man Hamed was found dead in August. The cause and circumstances of his death are still unknown.

Hamed Shamshiripour © Private
Hamed Shamshiripour © Private

Please send an urgent email to your local politician, demanding answers, and for all the men, women and kids in offshore detention to be brought to safety in Australia.

Hamed was 31 when he died. He came to us in a time of need, seeking safety in Australia after fleeing danger in his home country of Iran, but instead our government sent him to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea.

Hamed’s death is further proof that our government’s offshore detention policy has failed. Yet politicians on both sides have said little about his death.

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It’s been over four years since the Australian Government decided to send all people seeking asylum who arrive by boat to offshore detention. Four years of a blood-stained, heartless policy.

The situation is deteriorating daily. In the past fortnight 7 people have been attacked on Manus. Despite this the authorities are closing the current detention centre around people, shutting off water and electricity to pressure them to move to an even more unsafe facility on Manus Island.

While the US deal will help some people if it goes ahead, our government has no plan that protects all the people they are warehousing on Manus and Nauru. The best option is to bring people to safety in Australia immediately.

Please send an urgent email to your local politician, demanding an investigation into Hamed’s death and for all people in offshore detention to be brought to safety in Australia immediately.

Thank you!

UPDATE 2/03/18: This is now closed – thank you to everyone who took action.

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Email your Federal MP

  Email Your MP

Dear Federal Member of Parliament,

I call on you to:

  • Ensure the protection of all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island from further attacks;
  • Bring all asylum seekers and refugees to Australia immediately and ensure that all those granted refugee status have the right to settle in Australia or third countries;
  • Cease all action or implementation of policy on Manus Island that puts refugees at risk of further harm, for example by forcing them to move to the refugee transit centre in East Lorengau or into the local community;
  • Ensure adequate medical care for all the refugees and asylum seekers suffering injuries and trauma;
  • Urge the Papua New Guinean authorities to open an independent, impartial, prompt and effective investigation into the death of Hamed Shamshiripour and other refugees on Manus Island, and into the reported attacks.
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