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Australia: Amnesty Intl. report alleges Ferrovial & Broadspectrum complicit & profiting from systematic abuse of refugees

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29 July 2017

Australia: Offshore detention centre operating company Ferrovial continues to profit from abuse of refugees & people seeking asylum on Manus Island & Nauru, says Amnesty Intl.

Author: Amnesty Intl.

"Ferrovial continues to build a fortune on refugees’ despair", 27 July 2017

Spanish multinational Ferrovial continued to make millions from the abuse of refugees and people seeking asylum on Nauru and Manus Island in the first half of 2017, despite attempts to distance itself from Australia’s...refugee “processing” system, Amnesty Intl. said...

Financial reports...show that between 1 January and 30 June 2017 Ferrovial reported revenues of €1.326 billion from Broadspectrum, its wholly-owned Australian subsidiary which operates Refugee Processing Centres...on Nauru and Manus Island. Ferrovial also reported a 40.1% increase in revenues compared to the first half of 2016, largely due to Broadspectrum.

“These huge figures are nothing to celebrate" said Lucy Graham [Amnesty Intl]...

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5 April 2017

Ferrovial position on the Amnesty International report on the Nauru RPC

Author: Ferrovial

In view of the report published today by Amnesty International (AI) in connection with the Nauru RPC, Ferrovial has the following comments: The report adds nothing to the reports released by AI in July and October 2016, titled Island of Despair, since it sets out the same material without any additional contributions. The company considers that AI’s comments are gratuitous since it fails to take account of the company’s announcement, immediately after acquiring Australian company Broadspectrum, that it would not bid for the contracts when they come up for renewal in October 2017 as they are not part of its strategic business portfolio. The company considers that Broadspectrum is being held responsible for a range of matters well outside its scope, since it does not manage the centres and has no power to decide on the status of the people concerned...

5 April 2017

Wilson Security response to Amnesty International

Author: Wilson Security

Wilson Security's response to allegations included in the briefing 'Treasure I$land: How companies are profiting from Australia's abuse of refugees on Nauru' (Index: ASA 12/5942/2017). This response was received on 5 April 2017, and is posted upon their request.

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4 April 2017

Treasure I$land: How companies are profiting from Australia's abuse of refugees on Nauru

Author: Amnesty Intl.

Under the Government of Australia’s “offshore processing" regime, everyone who arrives in Australia by boat seeking asylum is forcibly taken to a "Refugee Processing Centre" on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea or the Pacific island of Nauru. This briefing exposes how companies Broadspectrum and Ferrovial are complicit in and reaping vast profits from the abusive and secretive system on Nauru, acting contrary to their responsibility to respect human rights and exposing themselves to potential liability under civil and criminal law. It also serves as a warning to others looking to provide these services on Nauru as well as Manus Island. Amnesty International is putting them on notice. You will be complicit in an intentionally and inherently abusive and cruel system, you will be acting in direct contravention of your human rights responsibilities and you will be exposing yourself to potential legal liability...A response from Broadspectrum and Ferrovial is included in the annex to the briefing...

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