Last week, the UN Committee Against Torture told the Australian government that conditions for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru amounted to “cruel, inhuman, and unlawful” punishment.
The Refugee Action Coalition, GetUP!, and Children out of Detention (ChilOut) believe this is the right time to broadly distribute a petition sharply focused on closing the offshore detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. The Australian Catholic Social Justice Council, Doctors for Refugees, Unions for Refugees, and the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils are among others supporting the petition. It is addressed to both the House of Representatives and the Senate.
We are aiming to far exceed 100,000 signatures. More than 95,000 people have already signed the petition. The petition will be submitted to both houses of Parliament on 4 December, 2014.
Your support in maximising the petition numbers would be greatly appreciated.
What can you do?
1) Sign the petition
2) Add the petition to your facebook page or twitter account. Links to do this are at the bottom of the petition webpage and are easy to use.
3) Distribute the link to the petition to your own email list, and encourage others to sign and distribute.
Here’s the link to sign and distribute the petition: https://www.getup.org.au/asylumseekers