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31st January 2018, 13:44:06 UTC

People seeking asylum in Australia are not being protected, they are being punished, and it needs to end now.

Joinul left Bangladesh because he didn’t feel safe in his country. He travelled to Australia to find protection, but instead has been trapped on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for five years. He faces violence and threats from locals, and is stuck not knowing when or whether he will be able to leave.

“It’s a very dangerous place, I have nowhere to go”

Joinul is one of thousands of people currently living through the horrors of Australia’s cruel offshore processing system designed to punish refugees and people seeking asylum. Anyone attempting to reach Australia by boat (some of whom are children) is stopped before they reach land and are sent to Manus Island or the Island country of Nauru where they might be stuck for years.

People trapped on Manus Island are denied access to proper education and healthcare. Most people in the centres in Manus are suffering from depression, anxiety or PTSD and there have been incidents of suicide and self-harm. This is neither a safe nor a sustainable location for settling refugees.

Australia’s offshore processing regime is deliberately abusive, it needs to stop now. Australia must put an end to this system, and PNG must protect those on Manus Island from harm.

Help put a stop to this inhumane system that is punishing people for trying to find protection. Sign the petition and demand that the Australian and PNG Government:

• Immediately transfer all asylum seekers and refugees trapped on Manus and Nauru to Australia or another safe country
• Ensure that all those granted refugee status have the right to settle in Australia or another country
• Stop any actions or policies that put refugees on Manus Island or Nauru at risk of further harm
• Ensure adequate medical care for all refugees and asylum seekers suffering injuries and trauma
• Urge the Papua New Guinean authorities to open an independent, impartial investigation into the deaths of refugees on Manus Island, and into reported attacks

Refugees and other vulnerable people trapped because of Australia’s refugee policy should not be punished, they should be protected. Demand an end to these offshore centres now.

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