Dear Prime Minister,
Today, Monday 18 September, 2017, is the 49th day of peaceful protest by the men detained at Manus RPC. One of their banners read:
"The aggressive methods of Australia make us hate life and love death."
Two of these methods were apparent today. The first is the withdrawal of cigarettes from the canteen with the statement that '"Refugees who move to ELRTC will receive a weekly allowance." That is, to access cigarettes the refugees must move to East Lorengau Transit Centre where there is no room, no security and no services.
The second of Australia's aggressive methods is the forced refoulement of Rohingya men from Manus to Myanmar despite the violence and atrocities there from where more than 400,000 Rohingya have fled for their lives in the last few weeks.