Offshore detention on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea is one of the centrepieces of the Abbott government’s ‘stop the boats’ policy and response towards those fleeing war and persecution. Amnesty International and the Australian Human Rights Commission, among others, have declared that the conditions on Manus Island are deplorable and that Australia is failing to meets its international obligations.
By Matt Myers, Socialist Party
The Manus Island detention centre is known for its often violent conditions. Last month marked the one year anniversary since the bashing death of Iranian refugee Reza Berati. Reza was being held in detention on Manus Island at the time. Many vigils and protests were held throughout Australia and the world demanding that the Australian government shutdown all offshore detention facilities and end the policy of mandatory detention of refugees.
The Abbott government’s cruel refugee policies are part of an attempt to divert people’s attention away from the real source of the problems that we face. It is big business and right-wing governments that are responsible for overseeing unemployment, budget cuts and high costs of living – not refugees. Our anger should be directed towards the profit driven system, not the victims of it.