Deathscapes

Manus / Nauru Map 9a

Deathscapes

The Killings: A Sovereign Right to Make Die

‘Under what practical conditions is the right to kill, to allow to live or to expose to death exercised?’  Achille Mbembe, ‘Necropolitics’

It seems they will continue to fill their glasses with our blood’  Imran Mohammad, Writer formerly imprisoned on Manus


Australia’s offshore prisons on Manus and Nauru are necropolitical spaces where the sovereign exercises its ‘right to kill, to allow to live or to expose to death’ (Foucault 1986, Mbembe 2003). The killings discussed in this case study include not only cases of murder, but of every form of indirect killing whether through exposure to death, increasing the risk of death, political death or expulsion.


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