Letters to Tyranny #46

Dear Prime Minister,


On behalf of Junaid aged 24, from Burma, on what possible grounds can you defend his incarceration on Manus Island? Junaid is stateless. His desperate journey to Australia was an appeal for refuge which had no alternative.

Countries with far fewer resources than Australia give refuge to many more people than will ever try to arrive here. 150000 asylum seekers were accepted into Sweden last year alone yet Sweden's population is less than 10 million. We hide the few asylum seekers (less than 3000!) in concentration camps offshore because of a political lie about "deterrence" and because of white Australia's racism, now directed towards Muslims. Prime Minister, resettle the refugees in Australia so that Junaid can finally be free to work and marry. To have a life.

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert