New Zealand

Accept NZ's offer

Dear Prime Minister,

In your meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on March 2nd you once again turned down New Zealand's offer to resettle 150 refugees from offshore detention per year. You said that Australia will not consider NZ's offer until the US resettlement deal was completed.

Why? Is your strategy to make sure that some refugees will never leave Manus and Nauru?

No increased risk of boat people in NZ

Dear Prime Minister,

Your government's stance forbidding New Zealand from saving refugees from Manus and Nauru is indefensible. Minister Dutton, with his usual deliberately inaccurate innuendo, waffles about 'chatter' and 'incentives' to people smugglers. New Zealand's head of Immigration disagrees. He is in no doubt about the scale of people smuggling but says, categorically, that 'there has been no increase in the risk of people smugglers making trips [to NZ]'. If Australia had accepted NZ's offer of taking 150 refugees per year most of the men from Manus would be safe and free by now.

Amnesty now for all refugees and asylum seekers on Manus and Nauru.

Allow refugees to go to New Zealand

Dear Prime Minister,

If "Canberra has not rejected outright New Zealand's offer to take refugees from Nauru and Manus Island, according to Australian's ambassador for people smuggling and human trafficking" (Andrew Goledzinowski) then why haven't you acted to start moving people from offshore detention to New Zealand immediately?

Refugees ask for help from New Zealand

Dear Prime Minister,

One hundred and forty of the asylum seekers we have detained on Manus Island for nearly four years have signed a letter to New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English. They wrote:

On February 17, 2014 there was a terrible incident in the camp where the paid guards attacked us, the inmates, and one of our members was killed, Reza Barati. Many others were injured.

Last month, on Good Friday, 14 April 2017, PNG Navy personnel attacked us with automatic weapons shooting at the centre ... Luckily none of us was killed but many people were nearly hit by bullets coming through the walls into their rooms ... We are not protected by the Australian government who brought us here or the PNG government who have been given responsibility for our welfare...
After the attack in 2014, many of us lost confidence in the refugee assessment process and did not continue with it. We were told that if we were assessed as refugees we would be made to stay in PNG and we are not safe here.
Those of us who were not assessed were given a negative refugee status. Additionally many of those people who went through the assessment and who were given a negative refugee status were not given a proper opportunity to describe their situation as they were still traumatised by the attack and were afraid to tell their full stories.
The assessments were not undertaken by an independent body such as the UNHCR, but by the PNG government and private companies. Those of us who are not refugees have returned to their home countries, but all of us who have endured this time on Manus Island are genuine refugees.
We are not safe in PNG and are in constant fear for our lives. We are routinely attacked and robbed when we go into Lorengau town. We are not welcome in this country and have no place in it...
We humbly request that you revisit your offer to take asylum seekers from offshore camps and take us to New Zealand. We are confident that if you properly assess our claims for asylum you will find that we are genuine refugees.
We urgently need to be taken from PNG and given a chance to rebuild our lives in a country that has experience in settling refugees, which PNG does not. In accordance with the UN Refugee convention of 1951, we seek asylum in New Zealand as we are in fear of our lives.
We promise to commit ourselves to helping build New Zealand and will work towards making it one of the best countries in the world. We sincerely request that you allow us to come to New Zealand.

If New Zealand offers again to take the asylum seekers, say yes this time.