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Manus Island: Lives in limbo - Sydney Event

  • Gilbert + Tobin, Level 35, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue Sydney Australia (map)

It is now three years since Australia announced the Regional Resettlement Arrangement with Papua New Guinea that has seen men seeking asylum relocated to Manus Island. Three years on, three men have died, many have been injured and 900 still languish in limbo with no idea if, when or to where they will ever be resettled.

Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, has recently returned from his third trip to the remote island, 821km north of Port Moresby. His first trip followed the death of Reza Barati. His most recent trip comes in the wake of the unanimous ruling from the PNG Supreme Court that the Manus detention centre is illegal – a time when the situation is changing and tensions are rising.

Daniel has seen first-hand conditions inside the centre and spent time interviewing the men who’ve been warehoused there for the past three years. He spent time getting to know them, their experiences on Manus and their hopes for the future.

Daniel will be joined by Madeline Gleeson, Research Associate at the Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law and author of Offshore: Behind the Wire on Manus and Nauru. This essential book provides a comprehensive and uncompromising overview of the first three years of offshore processing since it recommenced in 2012. It explains why offshore processing was re-established in the first place, what staff and refugees have to say about what goes on in Nauru and on Manus, and why the truth has been so hard to find.

Join Daniel and Madeline to discuss the current situation on the ground, the future of the Manus arrangements and alternatives to the current deadlock in the Australian asylum seeker policy debate.

This discussion will be moderated by the Human Rights Law Centre’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Emily Howie who is heading up HRLC’s new Sydney office. We hope you can join us.

The facilitated panel discussion and public question and answer session will feature:


Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre

Madeline Gleeson, Research Associate, Andrew and Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW

Facilitator – Emily Howie, Director of Advocacy and Research, Human Rights Law Centre

Event Details – Sydney
Date: 8 September 2016
Time: 6:30 for 6:45
Venue: Gilbert + Tobin, Level 35, Tower Two, International Towers Sydney, 200 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney
Cost: $25 full - $15 Concession
Tickets: Sold Out

Copies of Offshore will be available for sale and signing after the event.

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