The asylum seekers on Manus Island who remain in the Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have continued their peaceful protest against the treatment they have been enduring not only in recent days but over 4 years of incarceration.
TODAY THEY – AND WE – WILL FIND OUT WHAT IS AT THE HEART OF OUR NATION’S VALUES
Those detainees who felt forced to respond to the intimidatory warning on Nov 9th from the PNG government to relocate to the West Lorengau and Hillside ‘camps’ …
have regretted the move and indicated as such to the 421 men who remain at the RPC …
But these men – who were forced into the detention camp more than 4 years ago by the Australian government FOR SEEKING REFUGE FROM WAR AND OPPRESSION by the only means available to them (as per their rights under Article 31 of the UN Refugee Convention) are NOT free to make any decisions.
They cannot go to another prison camp – on Manus Island or Nauru.
The damage that has already been done to them mentally and physically by their incarceration on Manus means they need a place of recovery, of hope, of genuine support and community.
They cannot make a home for themselves with the communities of Manus Island.
Frequent and horrifying attacks on refugees in the community are a clear indication that there is no place for them on the island. It is a small place with a traditional culture with no capacity to provide employment and lives for hundreds of foreign men.
They cannot reunite with families in Australia.
This and previous Australian governments take pride in stating that anyone arriving by boat seeking asylum will NEVER be allowed to settle in Australia.
They cannot be resettled in the US.
25 Manus Island refugees have been accepted for permanent resettlement in the US. A week after that commitment, the US administration pledged to cutting back their country’s refugee intake even further than has already been done under Trump’s leadership and after a vehicle attack in New York on October 31 that left eight people dead, the US President ordered the Department of Homeland Security to step up its “extreme vetting program”.
They cannot be resettled in New Zealand.
SO ALL THE MEN ON MANUS CAN DO IS PROTEST PEACEFULLY AGAINST BEING FORCED FROM THEIR CURRENT LOCATION.
And what is happening as this post is released indicates that this crisis could reach a violent crescendo …
So … those with leadership, those with power in the world MUST STEP UP NOW.
And if they cannot do it based on their legal and moral obligations, then those they represent in their roles – the CITIZENS of free democratic societies – MUST remind them. Before there is MORE serious harm done in OUR name.
Contact Malcolm Turnbull via this link or on 02 6277 7700 and/or
Contact Peter Dutton via this link or on 02 6277 7860 and/or
Contact Your Local MP via this link
We are on course for tragedy.
Use your freedom to speak out to prevent it now.
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