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Support MSF’s call for the immediate evacuation of all asylum seekers and refugees from Nauru and an end to offshore detention.

After almost one year of activity in Nauru Island, MSF has been informed on 5th of October by the Government of Nauru that our mental health activities were ‘no longer required’ and our presence was no longer needed. Five days after, we confirmed the end of our activities and closed all Mental Health services provided to the Nauruan population, asylum seekers and refugees.

All international MSF staff has now left the island and reached Australia. We are extremely concerned for the impact this decision will have on our patients and about the “beyond desperate” situation in which we have been forced to leave our patients. We want to reinforce our condemnation of this sudden decision and the way we were forced to end our activities.

We strongly condemn the Australian policy of offshore detention which is the real cause of the situation of mental health distress among refugees and asylum seekers on the island.

Add your voice by emailing Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Immigration Minister David Coleman, Shadow Immigration Minister Shayne Neumann, and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.  

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Subject line: I support MSF’s call for the immediate evacuation of all asylum seekers and refugees from Nauru and an end to offshore detention.

To The Hon Peter Dutton, The Hon David Coleman, The Hon Shayne Neumann, and The Hon Bill Shorten,

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) strongly condemns the sudden decision of the Government of Nauru to end MSF activities and expresses high concern for the conditions of the patients that we have been forced to leave behind.

MSF calls for the immediate evacuation of all asylum seekers and refugees from the island so that they complete their resettlement process in a place of safety with dignified conditions.

MSF calls for an end to the Australian policy of indefinite offshore detention: separating families and holding men, women and children on a remote island indefinitely with no hope or protection except in the case of a medical emergency is inhumane. This policy of detention should be immediately stopped and never replicated by any other government. It’s not MSF’s psychiatrists and psychologists that should have left Nauru, it’s the hundreds of asylum seekers and refugees who Australia has trapped on the island for the past five years.

Sincerely,

[Your name]

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