End offshore detention #442

Dear Prime Minister,

After stopping access to cigarettes, coffee, tea and sugar Australian immigration has ordered IHMS on Manus to give the refugees one month's supply of their medications.

What risk is there to a person suffering from mental illness who is given a month's worth of pills?

No health care

Dear Prime Minister,

Why haven't you sacked Minister Dutton yet? We have lost count of the lies, the illegal actions, the waste of money. We remember with despair every day the people on Manus Island and Nauru: the dead, the permanently injured, the raped, the mentally ill - all done by Australia.

When Minister Dutton was asked how medical care will be provided to Australia's refugees on PNG when the current contract with IHMS ends he said "ask IHMS." IHMS said "ask Dutton's department" who said "ask PNG." PNG's chief medical officer said, in an understatement, that the situation is "worrying" and that he was waiting to hear from Australia. He has not been able to brief PNG's new health minister because of lack of information from Australia.

Four years of torture, of blocking resettlement and now destruction of the detention centre leaves the detainees on Manus and the majority of Australians, who are horrified at the worsening situation, waiting in fear of Minister Dutton's next unspeakable act. Bring all detainees to safety and freedom.

End offshore detention #325

Dear Prime Minister,

Refugee Week starts today, with the violent assault of a sick refugee by guards at the Manus Island RPC. Behrouz Boochani reports that the man has been asking for medical care for more than one year after having an unsuccessful operation in Port Moresby.

'IHMS is the main tool in Manus for torturing people.' - Behrouz Boochani

Close the camps and bring them here.

Dengue fever on Nauru

Dear Prime Minister,

What was the outcome of the crisis meeting between Australian Border Force, IHMS and the Nauruan government in February about the dengue fever outbreak on Nauru?

What is Australia doing to protect the health of the detainees, the refugees in the community, Australian staff and Nauruans?


For the 211th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the 211th man on Manus Island and all prisoners of Australia's offshore detention regime, what urgent steps are you, the health minister and the immigration minister taking to protect all our prisoners on Nauru from the current outbreak of dengue fever? According to Guardian Australia

The Nauruan hospital was unprepared for the outbreak, and ... it has no testing kits for the disease.
— https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/25/dengue-fever-outbreak-on-nauru-threatens-health-system

There are more than 70 known cases of dengue fever on Nauru, including ten asylum seekers. Their health is our responsibility.

For the 174th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

The negligent, inadequate health care on Manus Island and Nauru has been brought to light again since the death of Faisal Ishak Ahmed. In the coronial inquest in the death of Hamid Kehazaei, also a refugee who had been imprisoned on Manus Island, evidence has been presented that:

medical facilities were inadequate, doctors' clinical instructions were ignored and critical medical equipment was not working. Requests to urgently transfer Kehazaei from the island were ignored, then refused, before he was finally flown in an air ambulance, first to Port Moresby and then to Brisbane.

Behrouz Boochani, also a prisoner on Manus Island, writes "Australia is killing us one by one."

Stop the deaths now, Mr Turnbull, close the camps, and bring them here.

For the 173rd man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister

For the last 32 days I have been using these daily letters to you to bring to your (and my blog's readers) attention to the words and images made by some of the refugees on Manus Island and Nauru as part of Penny Ryan's 'The Confined Hearts Project'. Meanwhile the torture and inhumanity inflicted on the refugees continues.

Today I want to remind you of the brave man we killed on 24 December 2016. Mr Faisal Ishak Ahmed died in Brisbane after months of being denied health care for his increasingly serious symptoms. On 21 December a complaint form was written by Mr Ahmed's fellow prisoners outlining the mistreatment that Mr Ahmed received from staff of IHMS (the medical services provider on Manus Island).

What is the full content of that complaint? How do you propose to ensure that justice is done for Mr Ahmed? I suggest you start by punishing those responsible for his death. by ensuring it never happens again and by giving compensation to his widow and child.

Close off shore detention and bring them here.