End Mistreatment of Refugees and Migrants on Pacific Island

Target: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton

Goal: Ensure that detained migrants are held in humane conditions, have access to healthcare, and are not subject to violent assaults.

The Australian government is allegedly ignoring serious abuse at offshore migrant detention camps on the Pacific Island of Nauru in the hopes that the awful conditions act as a deterrent to further migration. According to Human Rights Watch, migrants held on the island nation of Nauru are frequently subjected to unpunished assaults, face neglect by the health workers and other supposed caregivers, and endure long delays and often denial of medical treatment.

The Australian government has sent an estimated 1,200 migrants and refugees–both adults and children–to Nauru, and many have been detained on the island for over three years. Theses years of detention have taken their toll, and stress-related mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety disorders, mood swings, and insomnia have become common among detainees. Despite the fact that suicidal thoughts and attempted suicides have been documented amongst both adult and child detainees, they receive no mental health support. Sign our petition and demand that the Australian government ensure the humane treatment of migrants detained in offshore detention facilities.


Dear Minister Dutton,

I was shocked to hear reports of the treatment of refugees and migrants held in detention on the island nation of Nauru. As the minister of immigration of the country responsible for the forcible removal of 1,200 people to Nauru, I believe that responsibility for the conditions faced by these people rests with you.

Your department selected private companies and service providers to provide housing and medical care. However, migrants report spending up to a year living in tents, and experiencing extreme heat. Medical care is often delayed or flat-out denied. Many detainees experience mental illnesses and disorders; Children have been driven to consider ending their own lives.  However, there is no mental health support provided. Furthermore, reports of assaults and sexual assaults by Nauruans have gone uninvestigated and unpunished.

It is the Australian government’s moral and legal duty to ensure that those detained on its behalf are held in humane conditions. Currently, you are not living up to your obligations. I urge you to do everything in your power to rectify this situation.


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