Manus Island situation critical
IEU calls upon the Federal Government to take immediate action and provide access to food, water, electricity and medical supplies to those men remaining within the detention centre located on Manus Island.
On 31 October 2017, the Australian Government closed Manus detention camp and removed support and food, water and medical supplies to the remaining 600 refugees and asylum seekers held on the island.
The IEU Federal Executive;
- Expresses grave concern at the current situation in Manus Island detention centre where the remaining 600 refugees and asylum seekers have been denied access to food, water, electricity and medical supplies.
- Notes with concern the UNHCR provided evidence that the alternative detention facilities on Manus Island are not ready for occupation, not able to provide necessary security and/or have insufficient capacity.
- Condemns the federal government and the opposition for their lack of compassionate action in the serious matter of the refugees and asylum seekers on Manus Island.
- Calls upon the federal government to comply with the United Nations 1951 Convention regarding the Status of Refugees and ensure the immediate supply of food, water, electricity and medical supplies to the 600 men on Manus Island.
- Further, the IEU Federal Executive calls upon the Federal Government to permit immediate resettlement in those countries which have humanely offered assistance.
IEU Member Action
IEU members are asked to
- Contact the Prime Minister (by calling 02 9327 3988 or emailing https://www.pm.gov.au/contact-your-pm )
- Contact Hon Bill Shorten MP ( by calling 02 62774022 or emailing Bill.Shorten.MP@aph.gov.au )
- Contact your local Member of Parliament (http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members