Daily Telegraph Editorial 10/11/17 MANUS CENTRE NOT AN OPTION

As bad as the situation presently is at the Manus Island detention centre, one thing is reasonably certain.  If asylum seekers remain there, the situation from this point onwards is likely to get even worse.

That is because power has been cut, there is no electricity to run the centre's air-conditioning.  Our footage shows asylum seekers sleeping on tables outside to escape the heat, which can reach 40C.

Bathrooms without running water quickly become filthy, even in urban circumstances.  At the Manus Island detention centre, toilets and urinals are filthy and clogged.  Green slime covers the floor of the shower recess and there is mould on the walls.  Yet just 20 minutes away there is a facility with running water, power supplies and food.

According to activists speaking on behalf of the asylum seekers, the 580 men who refuse to leave their living quarters believe their lives would be at risk if they move to the new facility, which photographs earlier this week show is still under construction.  The facility has incomplete sewerage works, unsecured demountable buildings and a lack of security fencing.

Locals who are hostile to asylum seekers are said to be the reason for the reluctance of the 580 men to move.  "You have to ask why would anyone ever endure anything like this.  Because they think they may face a slow death (in the centre) but outside they believe they will be rapidly in danger."  GetUp's human rights campaign co-director Shen Narayanasamy said.

The security problem should be viewed as a separate and distinct issue to the conditions at the detention centre.  The former is something that can be addressed by Papua New Guinea's police and immigration authorities.  The latter is an unavoidable consequence of living in circumstances where water, electricity, food and medicine are no longer available.

Those refusing to move were warned yesterday by the PNG immigration department that if they do not shift to their new facility voluntarily, they face compulsory relocation.

Remaining at the existing centre is clearly not an option.

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Current official figures on children on Nauru

Several Federal Members of Parliament have stated in the past week that there are no children in detention. If your MP makes the same statement, suggest to them that they go to their own Government's publication:

 

https://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/statistics/Immigration-detention-statistics-30-september-2017.pdf

To check this yourself, copy the link and paste onto your browser (google) 

 

Immigration Detention & Community Statistics Summary 30th September 2017  page 43, the document states that there are 43 children in the RPC on Nauru (Regional Processing Centre).

 

Information from Ian Rintoul of the Refugee Action Coalistion Sydney is that there are 106 refugee children released from the RPC into the Nauruan community. This does not include 29 young people who turned 18 after arrival in Nauru, and now living in the Nauruan community. 

 

 

 

 

 

Grandmother Lenore speaks from experience and from the heart at 31/10/2017 Refugee Action Coalition Rally in Sydney SBD


I represent the grandmothers against the detention of Refugee children but I want to address my words to the politicians.
For over 50 years I was involved in education of children, children in secondary schools all along the east coast of Australia, Qld, NSW and Victoria.  The lesson we taught was "respect", respect for teachers and students who were from different ethnic backgrounds with varying customs and practices.
My question is "what has happened to so many members of parliament educated in similar schools? "
You seem to have forgotten that human beings have basic needs irrespective of colour, country or creed. You have forgotten that respect for your fellow human beings is essential.  

By imprisoning some 200 children on Nauru you politicians are denying these children their basic rights, rights that your children and grandchildren enjoy, the right to safety, the right to grow up free from abuse, the right to good health, the right to a good education and above all the right to live in freedom.

We grandmothers won't give up until all children and their families are off Nauru and living with the same opportunities as our grandchildren.
May you politicians soon learn that it is human to make a mistake but exceedingly admirable to admit it.
Please respect the rights of others and BRING THEM HERE,   LET THEM STAY.