Category Archives: Manus Island

Take action to stop TPVs

Amnesty is asking for as many people as possible to ring Australian Senators to protest against TPVs. The campaign is set out at http://www.amnesty.org.au/refugees/comments/35495/.

Whilst the moving of asylum seekers out of offshore detention to the Australian mainland is a welcome movement, the use of TPVs is not a solution.

TPVs, previously disallowed by the Australian Senate, are a class of visa offering protection for up to three years to asylum seekers found to be genuine refugees.
TPV claims are re-assessed every three years and holders are returned to their country of origin if their claim is overturned.

TPVs are cancelled if the holder leaves Australia, and the holder cannot return. TPVs do not permit family, such as wives, husbands and children, to come to Australia.

We know from past experience that TPVs are unfair, inhumane and ineffective.

Their use during the first Pacific Solution (1999-2008) was supposed to discourage “boat people” by restricting the rights they’d be entitled to once they arrived in Australia. However, there is no evidence that TPVs have ever deterred people seeking asylum by boat.

In fact, in the two years following the introduction of TPVs, the number of boat arrivals increased, with 90 per cent of people (mostly men) granted permanent protection visas. The number of women and children risking the potentially fatal journey to Australia to reunite with their husbands and fathers also increased.

TPVs create uncertainty in the lives of asylum seekers, who constantly fear being returned home. Unable to fully settle into the community, the lives of TPV holders are put on hold for years. Stable, full-time work is harder to find because of the uncertainty of their residence, leading to a higher risk of poverty and welfare dependency. Separation from family has been shown to cause increased mental health problems for TPV holders.

Government’s response on Manus is inadequate

Amnesty states that the Australian Government’s response to Amnesty’s report on Manus fails to address the grave human rights violations still occurring in the centre. The Minister’s evasive response to The Amnesty report continues the Government’s silence surrounding their treatment of asylum seekers, including the turning back of boats and the situation in detention centres offshore.

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Secrets and lives

The Australian Government’s offshore asylum seeker detention policy is kept secret.

Secrets and Lives

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Close Manus detention centre, protect asylum seekers

“Australia and PNG share responsibility for the situation at the centre and the failure to protect detainee,” said Sophie Nicolle. “Our timelines of events, supported by the findings of the Cornall Report, shows asylum seekers, after weeks of protesting, were violently attacked by private security guards, local police and other contractors working at the centre.”

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Amnesty responds to Manus Report

Amnesty has responded to the release by the Australian Government of the report into the February violence on Manus Island. “While we welcome that the report into the violence has been made public, the obvious failure of both governments to share responsibility for the violence is appalling”, said Graeme McGregor, Amnesty International spokesperson.

“It’s misleading to label it as a ‘riot’. Testimony received by Amnesty International, as well as that presented in this very report, details that after some days of non-violent protests, detainees were violently attacked by those employed by the government to protect them.

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