Nauru files

On behalf of the 2nd person on Nauru

Dear Prime Minister,

05 May 2015
Critical Incident: Actual self-harm
Downgraded: No

On morning bus run [REDACTED] showed me a heart he had sewn into his hand using a needle and thread. I asked why and he said “I don’t know”. I notified [REDACTED] as soon as I got off the bus at OPC1 and she proceeded to take [REDACTED] to IHMS. [REDACTED] is [REDACTED] yrs of age.

All We Can't See

Dear Prime Minister,

We remember the Nauru files. The exhibition 'All We Can't See' is on in Sydney at the Yellow House Gallery until Feb 10th.

Step Repeat II , 2017. Acrylic, ink and gouache on board. Artist: Mark Whalen

Step Repeat II, 2017. Acrylic, ink and gouache on board. Artist: Mark Whalen

27 September 2014 | Risk rating: Information | Type of incident: Complaint |

“...when an asylum seeker slashed his neck, other rushed to his aid. They were stopped by Wilsons guards who stood in a circle around the hurt asylum seeker. They then started to tease the asylum seekers about their desire to go to Australia, and told them ‘you will never be let out of here’.”

Where art leads, politics follows.

End offshore detention. Bring them here. #266

Dear Prime Minister,

Yet another damning report has been written about Australia's offshore detention of refugees. Today's report of the Senate standing committee on legal and constitutional affairs finds that Australia has a clear duty of care to the asylum seekers it imprisons on Manus Island and Nauru, and that DIBP's policy of secrecy "exacerbates the vulnerability of refugees and asylum seekers and prevents proper scrutiny."

I support the Senate committee's recommendations of increasing Australia's refugee intake, increasing funding to UNHCR and implementing a regional processing framework. These policies would give an alternative to the asylum seekers whose current choice is between prison in Indonesia or getting on a boat. I also support the Green's additional calls for immediately closing the refugee prisons on Manus Island and Nauru, giving formal apology and reparations to the people who have been imprisoned and a royal commission into Australia's offshore detention regime. Not only must the offshore detention be closed but we must make amends for the terrible suffering we have inflicted. Close the camps. Bring them here.

Letters to Tyranny #32

Dear Prime Minister,

Re: Asylum seeker #32 on Manus Island.

On 27 August there was an article in The Guardian about the 10-hour vigil and reading of the leaked Nauru files in London in front of Australia House. A British academic, Dr Stewart Motha (University of London) who had grown up in Australia after fleeing persecution in Sri Lanka's civil war said "I witnessed the transformation in Australia from a place that embraced multiculturalism to one which was extremely fearful of outsiders." He went on to say "Australia's actions are in breach of the country's international obligations and they must be held to account for that..."

When will you stop hiding behind meaningless words (as used in the letter of reply I have received and in your and Minister Dutton's statements) and act to meet Australia's obligations to resettle the offshore detainees in Australia?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert