In brief

For more than half a decade the Australian Government has sent men, women and children seeking safety – refugees and asylum seekers – to Nauru and Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Rather than assessing all people asking for protection in a fair, efficient and orderly way, the Australian Government has created a deliberate system of abuse for thousands of adults and children.

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Yellow doors on a rundown building, with a sign 'theatre' above it
Behrouz Boochani has been reporting from Manus Island. © AI

Who has Australia imprisoned on Manus and Nauru?

Under Australia’s offshore 'processing' policy, people seeking asylum in Australia and who arrive by boat, are sent to Nauru or Manus Island for their refugee claims to be determined.

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On the ground in Manus and Nauru

Prolonged and indefinite detention, combined with bleak future prospects, has broken many of the men, women and children in offshore detention.

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Sister Jane stands on a lawn in the courtyard at parliament house, Canberra, and delivers a speech about the men on Manus Island

What is Amnesty calling for?

We continue to call on the Australian Government to do the only humane thing — immediately bring the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island to safety in Australia.

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Our movement changes lives. We celebrate the small wins, and the big moments because we know that every step our world takes away from injustice, is a step closer to a world in which human rights are enjoyed by all.