Letters to Tyranny #28

Dear Prime Minister,

In the letter I have received from the DIBP the writer ('JC') states that

If only that was true. You and Minister Dutton have repeatedly said that the refugees on Manus Island who can't be resettled on Papua New Guinea (which is all of them) will be sent back to their country of origin. Yet the very first part of the 1951 Refugee Convention says

"The core principle is non-refoulement, which asserts that a refugee should not be returned to a country were they face serious threats to their life or freedom. This is now considered a rule of customary international law."

Your statement breaks this international rule. We are obliged under the 1951 Convention to resettle Mr XXX XXX, the 28th man, and all the others trapped on Manus Island, to Australia. What is your time frame for doing this?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert