“The Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea has ruled that detaining people in Australia’s abusive Manus Island camp is illegal.
What does it mean? That according to PNG’s own constitution the Australian government has been imprisoning people illegally for over three years in abusive conditions – and they must be freed.
This is the latest blow to Australia’s abusive detention regime, and together we can make it the one that topples it over, letting us build compassion and dignity in its place.
The governments of Papua New Guinea and Australia are going to be deciding right now how to deal with this ruling. Legally, they might have a few options – but morally, there’s only one. The camp must be closed, and everyone we illegally imprisoned brought here.
And the same is true for the detention camp on Nauru.
#LetThemStay showed that more people than ever supported allowing people seeking asylum already in Australia to move into our communities. Now, we must prove definitively that our shared compassion extends to those on Manus Island and Nauru.”
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