Sail 4 Justice recognises and asserts the sovereignty of First Nations people. We wish to pay our respects to the First Nations peoples on whose land and seas we travel and sail. We pay respect to the Elders past, present and emerging and to the strength of the Indigenous communities in ongoing struggles for self-determination. 

All refugees on Manus Island, Nauru and onshore are political prisoners. The Australian government and private corporations are committing gross violations of human rights, so we are sailing to bring the world’s attention to their torture and abuse of refugees. We are sailing in spite of the borders enforced by this government, because we reject their authority. Australia’s border policing and refugee policies are premised on the notion of Australia’s jurisdiction over this land. However, this country was occupied illegally, under the legal fiction of terra nullius – empty land. To this day, Australia has no treaty with the original sovereigns of this land. As uncle Robbie Thorpe says: “Indigenous people never ceded sovereignty over Australia. The Australian government has no legitimate right to grant or refuse entry to this country.”

We demand:

An end to all offshore processing and all mandatory and indefinite detention, offshore and onshore #closethecamps

Freedom for aĺl refugees and asylum seekers, including accepting the NZ offer of resettlement unconditionally

Compensation to all survivors of Australia’s border regime for the trauma caused

Decolonisation, compensation and genuine respect for Indigenous sovereignty and the self-determination of all First Nations people in the Pacific region, including so-called Australia

An end to the occupation of West Papua by Indonesia

Action for climate justice and an end to unsustainable and destructive industries, such as fossil fuels

Latest Updates

West Papuan refugees on Manus – Diary #9

West Papuan refugees on Manus – Diary #9

In the 1960s, as Indonesia prepared a military takeover of so-called Dutch New Guinea, West Papuan rebels fled to Papua New Guinea. Seeking asylum from Indonesian persecution, they were sent to Manus Island by the Australian administrators. Some of these forgotten refugees, and their descendants, still live at the original camp. They have only recently received PNG citizenship.  

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Land Convoy Diary #8 – interviews with refugees on Manus

Land Convoy Diary #8 – interviews with refugees on Manus

Izzy talks with some of the asylum seekers who refused transfer to Port Moresby, electing instead to remain on Manus Island. These men have been held in indefinite detention for over 6 years, and no longer feel alive - "We are tired of this living, we are breathing, actually we are not living, we are breathing".  

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Land Convoy Diary #7

Land Convoy Diary #7

Pacific Islands, including those in the Manus Province, are already some of the hardest hit by climate change. Traditions and customs are being lost to rising sea levels; those on the climate frontlines are being forced to relocate, their homes now underwater. Climate Justice Now!  

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Land Convoy Diary #6

Land Convoy Diary #6

In the wake of new PNG PM Marape's visit to Australia, when he and PM Morriscum declared that "no one is in detention", Izzy went to Manus Island and spoke with local, Jerry Polei, whose father was opening his land to West Papuan refugees 50 years ago.  

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