#KidsOffNauru Campaign

#RefugeBells – Faith communities across Australia are encouraged to join the #refugebell campaign to bring #KidsOffNaru by Universal Children’s Day (November 20). 

Media Advisory:
North East Victoria’s faith representatives and RAR join #refugebell campaign to bring #KidsOffNauru

Open Letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison
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Letter to PM. Scott Morrison – Removal of children from detention – Dr Barbara Vernon, Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Healthcare Australasia. 31 Oct 2018

2 November – Grandmothers greeted Daniel Webb from the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) outside the Federal Court in Melbourne on 2 Nov 2018, the day the Department of Home Affairs sought to argue that the federal court did not have jurisdiction to order that asylum seekers or refugees be brought to Australia.  The federal court has stymied the government’s attempt to challenge its jurisdiction to order that sick asylum seekers and refugees be brought to Australia.  “For now, desperately unwell people being mistreated by the government on Manus or Nauru can still take their case to the federal court,” HRLC director of legal advocacy Daniel Webb said.  See video clip here

13 November 2018 –  BlueforNauru
Groups and individuals wearing or posting something blue into a national solidarity action for November 13th – one week before the climax of the #KidsOffNauru campaign on 20 November 2018 (Universal Children’s Day).

RAR Media Release: Think of asylum seeker kids on International Children’s Day

Petitions –
Refugee Council of Australia petition – Kids Off Nauru
GetUp Petition – Demand Politicians get #KidsOffNauru
ASRC Petition to evacuate Kids Off Nauru in 100 days
PLAN International – Add your name to get #kidsoffnauru
Amnesty International –
MSF – Evacuate refugees and asylum seekers from Nauru

Email your MP to get Kids off Nauru

Printable Poster:  PDF VersionWord Document

Printable Postcards to send to Prime Minister MorrisonPeter DuttonDavid ColemanBill ShortenTanya Plibersek, or Shayne Neumann

4 Main Messages:
  • Locking up children is never the answer
  • You wouldn’t let your child grow up like this
  • Our political leaders must end the harm
  •  Australians deserve the truth

6 out of 10 Australians don’t know there are children detained on Nauru


#KidsOffNauru Information, Actions and Events

#KidsOffNauru Photos of Actions
More photos on National RAR Facebook – #KidsOffNauru Album

This report documents the horrors on Nauru that have transpired over the past six years. 


At left: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine and the AMSA: Australian Medical Students’ Association advocate for all asylum seeker children and their families to be transferred from Nauru to Australia

The Sisters in Lakemba say #KidsOffNauru

20/8/18 – Human rights groups set deadline to get all refugee children off Nauru Coalition of NGOs and charities calls for children to be brought to Australia by 20 November

“We abhor any form of unfair vulnerability created by a situation and this is actually of the Australian parliament’s making,” said World Vision Australia’s chief executive Claire Rogers.

“There’s a quite clear contravention of the refugee convention, and also we believe very strongly a breach of the rights of the child.”

Two-year-old Roze is held on Nauru. Her parents say she is sociable and likes to play outside, but there is no place for children to play in Nauru. Her family has been in Nauru for five years. Photograph: World Vision

Summary of campaign

#KidsOffNauru is a sector wide campaign calling for Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten to act to bring the 119 children and their families currently detained on Nauru to safety in Australia before Universal Children’s Day on November 20, 2018.

It’s 93 days to get all children out of detention on Nauru and into safety.

What does the #KIDSOFFNAURU campaign want? 

The children should be either resettled in Australia or in another suitable country which welcomes them. Children in detention should not be discriminated against and must be given a fair chance for survival and development. All decisions taken about offshore, indefinite detention must first and foremost consider the best interest of the child. This is to ensure that these children will be able to face their futures with certainty and finally start to pursue their hopes and dreams.

Whatever the solution, locking up children is not it.

More information about this campaign on ARAN website and on the #KidsOffNauru website

Recent Media reports here

RAR Media Release – Canberra Rally – 16 October 2018

RAR Press Release – #KidsOffNauru – Aug 20, 2018