Over many years, refugees and their allies have forced the world to take notice. In January 2015, those detained in the Manus prison camp held a hunger strike which was eventually violently quashed. In November 2017, refugees endured a siege as they resisted the Australian government’s decision to relocate them to prison camps on the other side of the island. Reports and documentation of endemic sexual assaults, suicides, rapes, medical neglect, self-harm and other abuses have been leaked. Refugees have protested and whistleblowers have come forward, yet each time global attention has been brought to bear, the Australian government has ignored it and continued the incarceration and systematic torture of refugees.

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