Demand Justice for Refugee Death

Target: Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia

Goal: Order an Australian investigation into the death of Hamed Shamshiripour.

Australian authorities could be about to sidestep scrutiny for yet another refugee death, according to the family of an Iranian refugee who recently died on Manus Island. Located in Papua New Guinea, the island is home to a controversial Australian offshore refugee detention facility. At least six migrants and refugees have died in Australia’s offshore detention centers since 2014, where the United Nations says conditions are tantamount to torture. In 2015, a U.N. special rapporteur on torture found the facilities systematically violate basic human rights of detainees, including subjecting children to “inhuman or degrading” conditions.

Authorities say the latest casualty, Hamed Shamshiripour, probably committed suicide, and a local investigation will be conducted. However, the family is reportedly demanding an Australian investigation. Without such an investigation, their lawyer George Newhouse says the Australian government could avoid responsibility for the death.

“They fear that the Australian government will hide behind a foreign jurisdiction and deny the court in PNG the opportunity to cross-examine Australian bureaucrats or even political figures and produce documents,” Newhouse said, according to Australia’s ABC.

If you believe Australia should be held responsible for its own refugee policies, then sign this petition demanding a thorough investigation into Shamshiripour’s death.


Dear Prime Minister Turnbull,

The death of Hamed Shamshiripour is a tragedy that must be investigated thoroughly. Although PNG authorities say they will investigate, this simply isn’t good enough. Shamshiripour died after being placed in Australian offshore detention, meaning Australia has a responsibility to conduct its own probe into why Shamshiripour died, and how such deaths can be avoided in the future.

We demand you order an Australian investigation, so the world can know why yet another refugee has died after being subjected to the nation’s inhumane migrant policy.


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Photo Credit: Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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  1. Prime Minister Turnbull, It Australia’s responsiblity to investigate, yet another death, in your offshore detention camps for refugees and inhumane treatment. You need to tell the world exactly how Hamed died?!

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