Public Meeting: The Nightmare of Offshore Detention

The Nightmare of Offshore Detention
Forum: 25th November 6:30pm Multicultural Hub – 506 Elizabeth St City, opposite Vic Markets
Aoife Reddy (Former Salvo worker on Nauru)
Mohammad Baqiri (Refugee detained on Nauru under John Howard)
Hayley Byrnes (Former teacher on Manus Island)

Currently asylum-seekers arriving by boat to Australia are processed offshore. As of Friday Oct 20 there were 1061 asylum-seekers on Manus Island, 827 on Nauru and 2211 on Christmas Island. Conditions on Nauru and Manus Island are atrocious and include overcrowding, poor health facilities, high risks of malaria, skin diseases, and the trauma of long periods of detention. Pregnant women are among those on Nauru despite its high temperatures and infant
mortality rate. On Manus Island and Nauru, asylum seekers are living in tents, with little shelter from the heat of 50 degree days. This has led to suicide attempts, asylum-seekers being flown back to Australia for treatment, and tensions between asylum-seekers and guards. Contrary to government rhetoric asylum seekers have been moved to Australia. Offshore processing is necessarily harsh, as it is predicated on deterring asylum seekers. Come along to this meeting to
hear first hand of the conditions inside offshore detention centres, and why we need to end mandatory offshore detention.

For more info contact Eliot on 0413 479 865