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‘Only Freedom’

Manus Island and Nauru have been transformed by the presence of Australian  prisons into necropolitical spaces. The many deaths that this case study has documented evidence the unrelenting punishment of asylum seekers and refugees placed out of sight of the Australian mainland. This offshoring policy functions not only as a supposed ‘deterrent’ but is an attempt to deny Australian accountability for the fate of those imprisoned and killed.

The catalogue of direct and indirect killings since 2014 represents a sustained campaign of punitive neglect and violence. A friend of Hamed Shamshiripour’s stated, ‘I think they are working for a mass elimination plan. To get rid of all of us at once. I mean to kill us all here.’ Reza Barati’s violent murder, and the many  deaths that have followed,  highlight the continuing vulnerability of every person incarcerated on Manus and Nauru, even as courageous acts of collective and individual resistance testify to an ongoing struggle for justice and freedom.

The core concern is freedom … only freedom. The rest of what you hear are just peripheral issues

Behrouz Boochani  2017


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