#KidsOffNauru Campaign

This is the face of a little boy who was born behind bars in detention on Nauru.

RAR Press Release – #KidsOffNauru – August 20, 2018

Refugee Council of Australia petition – Kids Off Nauru
GetUp Petition – Demand Politicians get #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 Malcolm Turnbull 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.

Recent Media re Health Issues for Children

18/8/18 – AMA calls for Urgent Action to Ensure Proper Health Care for Asylum Seeker Children on Nauru

14/8/18 – Resignation syndrome’ plagues refugee kids – Refugee and asylum seeker children held in immigration detention are increasingly suffering from a rare syndrome associated with lengthy confinement.

13/8/18 – Politicians Call For Refugees To Be Brought To Australia Over Child Mental Health Crisis – Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and Greens senator Nick McKim have urged the government to bring refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island to Australia immediately, amid an ongoing mental health crisis on the Pacific islands where Australia has run offshore detention centres for years. But Labor’s immigration spokesperson Shayne Neumann said the government should instead accept an offer from New Zealand to resettle the refugees there, and reiterated his party’s support for offshore detention.

13/8/18 – Australia’s Child Refugees are Suffering A Rare Psychological Illness Where They Withdraw from the World – At least six children sent to Nauru by the Australian government have resignation syndrome. Doctors say the rare psychological illness is like “going into hibernation”. (Resignation Syndrome was first reported in Sweden in the late 1990s. More than 400 cases were reported in the two years from 2003-2005.)