Letters to Tyranny #40

Dear Prime Minister,

Today's asylum seeker on Manus Island who needs your compassionate assistance is the 40th: Mr XXX XXX of XXX. As Professor Jane McAdam points out:

"Australia is the only country whose law explicitly says it is 'irrelevant' whether or not our non-refoulement obligations are engaged when removing an asylum seeker."

But the non-refoulement principle is considered by all other countries, eve those who have not signed the Refugee Convention, to be sacrosanct. It is prohibited to return people to the country they are fleeing.

The Australian system of indefinitely detaining refugees and trying to send them back to the country they are seeking refuge from breaks International Law.

How does it feel to be Prime Minister of a country that has passed legislation to act illegally?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert