Letters to Tyranny #29

Dear Prime Minister,

Within the Introductory Note to the United Nations "Convention and Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees" [paragraph 2 of page 3] it says 

"... refugees should not be penalized for their illegal entry or stay. This recognizes that the seeking of asylum can require refugees to breach immigration rules. Prohibited penalties include ... being arbitrarily detained purely on the basis of seeking asylum."

In the letter I got from DIBP the writer says that "Australia is committed to providing protection to refugees consistent with the obligations set out in the Refugees Convention." But indefinite off-shore detention does penalise refugees and is one of the penalties prohibited by the UNHCR Convention.

For the sake of the people on Manus Island and Nauru, including Mr XXX XXX, the 29th detainee, please stop these illegal and cruel practises and bring the refugees to Australia.

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert