ACT Greens pledge to welcome Manus refugees

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The ACT Greens have called on the Federal Government to close the camps on Manus Island and Nauru and pledged to welcome 100 of the 800 people currently in detention on Manus Island into the Canberra community. The announcement comes ahead of a snap action rally in Canberra tonight, which will call on the government to close the camps.

“The conditions on Manus Island and Nauru amount to torture, these detention centres are inhuman, and as a caring, compassionate community we must not accept them,” said ACT Greens multicultural spokesperson Indra Esguerra.

“The Guardian's coverage of the Nauru Files have shown that these camps have become Australia's gulags - children are harming themselves, young people have killed themselves, and been killed, and many - if not all - have been traumatised for life. The Federal Government's cruelty cannot be justified."

"The men, women and children detained in these illegal camps are fleeing war and persecution in their homelands, they have nowhere to go and they are desperate.

“The Federal Government has finally said that Manus Island is to be shut down. That's why the Greens are today pledging to welcome 100 of the 800 people currently in detention on Manus Island to live here in Canberra, and will continue to call for all offshore detention centers to be closed.

“It's time to close these camps once and for all - and for Canberra to play its part in welcoming those who have fled horrific conditions, war and persecution,” said Ms Esguerra.

Ms Esguerra will make the announcement at today's snap action in support of refugees.

“The Greens are proud to join today's action, and to stand with all Canberrans who want to see an end to these policies before more people are permanently harmed,” Ms Esguerra said.

The Nauru Files: Snap Protest will commence at 5:30pm this evening on the corner of Northbourne Ave and Barry Drive. Click here to download the initiative.

Media Contact: Maiy Azize – 0421 281 400 or maiy.azize@act.greens.org.au