Allow gay asylum seekers on Manus Island to find a safe refuge
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Please allow gay asylum seekers at Manus Island Detention Centre to live in Australia or another safe country. They should not be made to return to the countries they fled or to live in Papua New Guinea where they will be considered criminals.
Amir is a gay man who has fled Iran and is now kept in the Manus Detention centre. He may soon face the choice of being sent back or released in PNG. We have obtained this personal testimony directly from Amir:
"I will be executed if I go back or be deported to Iran. I never feel safe in PNG and I havent left the Center in 4 years. I cant live and feel safe in a place that my sexuality is a crime.I have been afraid to tell people in camp about my sexuality. There is many problems for gay guys on Manus. We have been detained among 850 men in small area and there has been many incident about it."
The Manus refugee detention centre was set up by the Australian Government in Papua New Guinea to house asylum seekers who attempted to find refuge in Australia. Some of these asylum seekers are gay men. The Australian Government is now closing the centre which means gay refugees will either to be forced back to their country of origin where gay men are actively persecuted, or forced to live in PNG where homosexuality is a criminal office.
The Australian Government has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure gay asylum seekers on Manus are resettled in Australia. If Australia fails to fulfill this obligation we call on the Australian and PNG authorities to allow the resettlement of gay asylum seekers in other safe countries like New Zealand and Canada.
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