Indefinite Mandatory Offshore Detention Of Refugees, Asylum Seekers On Nauru Must End
The Guardian: As doctors working on Nauru, we thought we were helping. Now I know we were not
Nick Martin, general practitioner and former senior medical officer on Nauru
“…The ongoing human rights travesty that is indefinite mandatory detention and the treatment of asylum seekers [on Nauru] never seems to be far away from the news. … [Upon returning to Australia after working on Nauru as a medical officer, the] time came to take a long, hard look to see if I was actually part of the solution or accept that, after this long, doctors are increasingly being forced, by the way the systems on Nauru have been set up by the government, to be a major part of the problem. … There is an argument that the health professionals involved are in danger of breaking their own professional codes of ethics. They are being used as complicit agents in what is now widely seen as an inhumane and vicious program that shames Australia on the world stage. … At medical school I was taught that the four principles of medical ethics are autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-malfeasance. … Each of these principles is increasingly being breached, simply as a completely avoidable outcome of the practice of indefinite offshore detention” (10/11).