The Australian Government’s current policy of indefinite detention is cruel and inhumane, and must stop. This is the call from Global Nurses United, which represents nurses from 21 countries around the world.
The group condemned Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers and voiced its concerns about the babies and young children held on Nauru, Manus Island and Christmas Island.
“Nurses and doctors in Australia continue to warn about the shocking impact that mandatory detention is having on babies and children: physically, mentally and emotionally,” the group said in a statement.
GNU said it is pleading with the Australian Government to release children and their families from detention immediately .
The group also lent its support to health professionals in Australia who might face charges under the Border Force Act 2015.
“Nurses have a legal and moral obligation to carry out best patient care,” GNU said. “Nurses working in detention centres must therefore be allowed to meet their professional and ethical obligations and report any sub-standard care, abuse or harm of their patients held in detention.”
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