I’m thrilled to see the City agree to my motion to sign the No Business in Abuse Pledge. This means the City will no longer invest in or enter into contracts with companies that profit from offshore abuse and incarceration of asylum seekers.
I believe it is an important move in the campaign against this appalling immigration policy and those who seek to make money from it. This motion will not cause the cancellation of any current contracts. The City will review its investment and procurement policies to bring them into line with the No Business in Abuse Pledge which commits the City to only dealing with companies that:
Have zero tolerance for child abuse
respect people’s fundamental rights to freedom from arbitrary and indefinite detention
not treat people in a cruel, inhumane or degrading manner; and
commit to transparency and independent monitoring to ensure these principles are upheld
One feature of these offshore centres is the lack of transparency or oversight in their management. Reports of widespread abuse continue, however, there is no intervention by independent parties. Advocates, journalists and human rights specialists are repeatedly denied access to these centres. Detainees have a choice to report abuse to the company that presides over their incarceration or to remain silent.
I thank everyone who supported this motion and I look forward to continuing to work with you for a more humane world.
More information about the pledge is available on the No Business in Abuse website: https://www.nobusinessinabuse.org/
You can read the Notice of Motion here.
Also check out New Matilda’s coverage here.