“Abuse, inhumane treatment and neglect”. That’s Amnesty International’s verdict on the appalling conditions the Australian government’s detention centre on the tiny island of Nauru.
It’s no surprise: people in the camps spend months living in tents, with toilets too dirty to use and restricted access to showers.
But the Australian government doesn’t run this detention centre itself. It pays Ferrovial -- a huge Spanish company -- to deliver the services. Now, a huge people-powered campaign means that Ferrovial has said they’ll pull out of the camps. But not until late 2017.
2017 just isn’t soon enough. People’s human rights are being abused every single day the camp stays open.
Ferrovial claims that the Australian government has “forced” them to stay in Nauru, but this just doesn’t stack up. Ferrovial need to step up and stop abusing human rights now, not on the Australian government’s timeline.
We’re taking our petition to the doors of Ferrovial in Madrid next week, but to make a real splash we need the money to hire media advisors, and pay for the placards we’ll carry to share stories of detainees with Ferrovial employees.
Will you please chip in to help deliver a strong message to Ferrovial?