Letters to Tyranny #1

Dear Prime Minister,

I am writing to you on behalf of the first asylum seeker who has been detained on Manus Island since XXX. His name is XXX XXX and he is XXX years of age. His country of origin is XXX.

I am concerned about two aspects of Mr XXX's detention. The first is that I believe it is contrary to The Universal Declaration of Human Rights especially since Article 14 (1) states "Everyone has the right to seek and enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution." The second is that it costs Australia more than $400000 per year per asylum seeker.

What will you do to ensure that Australia's obligation towards Mr XXX's asylum claim is carried out as rapidly and humanely as possible?

Yours faithfully

Ruth Halbert