Letter from Nauru refugees: 'We will continue our protest'

An asylum seeker sits in a tent in the Nauru detention camp. Photo: Ir,Sr,Irq,Afgh in nauru 2012

Refugees held in indefinite detention on Nauru shared the following letter on their Facebook page on October 26. They addressed it to human rights commissioners, communities of oppressed people and “world independent news channels”.

It has been published with minimal edits.


What is the punishment of those people who are seeking Asylum, is there any law in the world that without court decision they will shift to the regional processing centre for unknown time? In one month, six asylum seekers have been so mad, what will be the ratio of mad persons in future.

If these mad men attempt suicide who will be responsible.

We did not come to Australia with determination of being transferred to Nauru, but our aim is to seek Asylum in peaceful and lawful Australia. Without listening to us, we were shift to Nauru Hell.

Is there any law in the world that Asylum Seekers have [been] shifted like animals (by fraud and force).

Today, we got together, we are announcing will continue out protest until shifting to Australia.

Our cases should be started as soon as possible. While writing this letter, we are looking at bad situation that an Asylum seekers attempting suicide.

Stop killing Asylum seekers, stop making the cruel laws. Today on this happy festival day of Nauru, due to our bad conditions, we are on protest and hunger strike.

If the government did not listen to us then we will again start hunger strike for unlimited time.

[A] Few of the Asylum seekers have started blood vomiting. Instead of giving them treatment, doctor excuses that they don't have facilities here. Is this Humanity?

We Asylum Seekers in Nauru repeating our words, we prefer to be killed only one time by militants and Physical diseases.

We demand from Australia Government to turn the boats back instead of sending them to Nauru Hell.

Read more letters here, and more refugee rights coverage here.

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