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 Papuans in Port Moresby’s Rainbow Camp

West Papuans in Port Moresby’s Rainbow Camp

We met with West Papuan refugees living in Port Moresby, some of whom at Rainbow Camp are facing eviction. They have been here since the 80s and are still being moved on and living in poverty with no access to health care or education. The current uprising and...

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Original Nation Passports delivered to refugees in PoM

Original Nation Passports delivered to refugees in PoM

Original Nations Passports destined for PNG traveled from Narrm, up the east coast of so-called Australia, and were signed by Aboriginal Elders on the way, including Uncle Kevin Buzzacott and Uncle Lyle Davis. Some of these passports were presented to asylum seekers...

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Video Diary #3

In this video diary, Izzy reflects on some of the psychological ramifications on asylum seekers of Australia's torture regime in PNG. Also - on 19th July, "6 years too long", Kaaveh protests at the Australian High Commission. Next up - a longer piece digging deeper...

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Land Convoy #2

Land Convoy #2

On day 2 in Port Moresby, Izzy delivered some gifts to asylum seekers and talked with Kaaveh, an asylum seeker from Iran. Kaaveh is one of a group of men who have refused to participate in the process to claim asylum, as they were illegally trafficked to Papua New...

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Land Convoy #1

Land Convoy #1

Due to both internet quality and risk of deportation, we were unable to share our land crew’s time on PNG with you in real-time. They spent a number of weeks both in Port Moresby and on Manus Island, connecting with refugees, traditional owners, customary land owners,...

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