The Guardian

For the 176th man on Manus Island

Dear Prime Minister,

On 11 January 2017 The Guardian reported on the mistreatment and abandonment by Australia of an Iranian refugee, Hamed, who suffers from serious mental illness and is a danger to himself and those around him. He has been imprisoned several times and has not had any psychiatric treatment despite DIBP's claims that all refugees receive appropriate healthcare.

Excerpt from letter written to me by an employee of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The full letter is  here .

Excerpt from letter written to me by an employee of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. The full letter is here.

Australia has abandoned its responsibilities to the refugees on Manus Island and is trying, by neglect, to force Papua New Guinea to take them over. Australia's actions cause increased tension and hostility among the local Manus Islanders who are also victims of the situation.

What concrete steps will you immediately take to end these human rights abuses done in our name?

Letters to Tyranny #18

Dear Prime Minister,

On the eighteenth day of this series of letters I would like you to think about Mr XXX XXX from XXX, who is currently detained on Manus Island.

In The Guardian report on 14 August, Matthew Phillips, human rights director with Get Up, responded to the report and photographs of a violent attack on two refugees, one of whom may have been Mr XXX. Please look at the link: it is important that you see the photo of the young man unconscious on the ground. Mr Phillips said the violence was "the grave danger the Turnbull government's abusive policy of offshore detention places people on a daily basis."

Please remove them from that danger.

Yours faithfully,

Ruth Halbert