Let's force the companies profiting from refugee detention out of our universities and hospitals
Australia's immigration detention centres rely on the services provided by private businesses. No universities or hospitals should have business with the companies that profit from the abuse, murder and torture of Refugees in detention.
Use this directory to find out if your university of hospital engages with the businesses that form part of the detention supply chain. Then follow the steps to get these institutions to divest from these companies.
“We must put pressure on all those organisations and individuals who benefit from the Refugee detention business. Our oppressed lives are not your capitalist pay walls”
The lack of transparency and accountability in Australian run detention centres is something that has been widely reported and acknowledged by international human rights groups including the UN. There have been many inquiries and many reports of deaths and sexual abuse within these camps yet nothing has changed because the Australian government is not being held accountable. Refugees challenging the mandatory detention policy in the courts have seen their cases mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol.
The Australian response to refugees, particularly those arriving by boat, is one of the most punitive in the world, and this means contracting with detention companies will tarnish the reputations of your institutions in the future. We should all be against human rights violations in offshore and onshore camps in any case, most particularly if we otherwise make corporate commitments to human rights and equal opportunity. It is the right thing to do.
Donate to the Detention Divestment campaign by giving to RISE – Australia's only welfare and advocacy organisation led and governed entirely by eX-detainees in Australia.