No Business in Abuse: Campaign highlights corporate complicity in abuses within Australia's immigration system
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Author: Richard Baker & Nick McKenzie, Sydney Morning Herald
"Melbourne woman taking on Transfield over children in detention", 18 Sep 2015
Transfield is preparing to sign a multibillion-dollar, five-year deal to continue operating the Manus Island and Nauru camps on behalf of the federal government, and Shen Narayanasamy wants to put the release of children at the forefront of the company's mind..."There is clearly considerable disquiet across the boardrooms of this country regarding our abuse of people detained in offshore camps," said Ms Narayanasam...[T]he group highlights instances of alleged rape, violence and other adverse incidents that it claims shows Transfield's complicity in human rights abuses. It is this complicity, the group argues, that poses serious legal, financial and reputational consequences for Transfield, and a likely loss of value for shareholders...Leading industry super fund HESTA recently divested $23 million of Transfield stock after meeting with Ms Narayanasamy...
No Business in Abuse (NBIA) is a new project focusing on corporate complicity in abuses within Australia's immigration system. NBIA and GetUp have formed a partnership to power a broad, people-powered movement to shine a light on the corporations making money from an abusive detention system and to take practical actions to end it.
Human rights are fundamental rights, freedoms and standards of treatment to which all people are entitled. Transfield Services recognises that where possible and within their spheres of influence, companies should strive to protect human rights arising from the conduct of business activities. Transfield Services is committed to respecting human rights in its operations and uses the International Human Rights Standards as a framework to guide its activities, while respecting the responsibility of government to ensure the protection of human rights.
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- This is a response from the following companies: Transfield Services (now Broadspectrum)