slavery

White South African farmers

Dear Prime Minister,

Peter Dutton, anxious about losing his seat at the next election, wants to import some voters to shore up his numbers. It seems however that the white South African farmers are not interested. How much damage to Australian-South African relations has Peter Dutton done with his comments about South Africa being 'not civilised'?

Australia has been locking up legitimate refugees on Nauru and Manus Island for the better part of two decades, trying, absurdly, to resettle them in Cambodia and Papua New Guinea, and offering them cash bribes to return to the countries they fled. Not only would that brutal treatment never be dished out to white South African farmers, but we are now proactively trying to add them to our humanitarian intake.
Australia’s disgraceful record of politicising refugee issues has rarely been more brazenly displayed.
— https://thenewdaily.com.au/money/finance-news/2018/03/15/malcolm-fraser-south-african-white-farmers/

Sack Dutton now.

Australia's slave trade

Dear Prime Minister,

On 12 March the sixth group of refugees was flown from Nauru to the US: seven men. Of the 2000+ refugees in offshore detention, only 146 have been sent to the US. These few have a chance to restart their lives, despite isolation and the financial burden of having to repay their airfares. But as Ai Wei Wei says the refugee swap with the US is

a complete insult to the understanding of refugees. It’s exactly like slave trading. You cannot deal with human beings by violating their [rights].
— Ai Wei Wei

He goes on to say:

If it’s not solved, it’s simply because we don’t want to solve it, because we benefit from the situation. Other people’s suffering and desperation is beneficial, so if those questions are not being answered, we will never solve the problem.
— Ai Wei Wei

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?

A few more

Dear Prime Minister,

The fifth group of refugees have been flown from offshore detention to the USA. President Obama offered to swap 1250 refugees with refugees waiting to get into the US. But since that time, only 139 refugees have left Nauru and 85 from Manus Island.

What about the remaining 1800+? Why is it taking so long? Why have no Iranians, Somalis or Sudanese gone to the US?

Abandoned. Starved.

Dear Prime Minister,

Your government continues to oversee the demolition of accommodation and cutting off of power and water at Manus island RPC. Australia is trying to force the refugees to leave the (relative) safety of the detention centre and go to East Lorengau Transit Centre (ELTC). As many refugee and advocates have repeatedly said there is no room for them at ELTC, there is no security there and they have no access to services such as medical care. Nor can they work.

Here is another reason why they cannot live at ELTC: there is not enough food.

https://www.facebook.com/Loavesandfisheseatwhattheguyseat/

https://www.facebook.com/Loavesandfisheseatwhattheguyseat/

These are truly starvation rations. The refugees on Manus Island are Australia's responsibility. End this torture and bring them to Australia now.

Again, where is the humanity?

Dear Prime Minister,

This week, Dr U Ne Oo, an Australian citizen, submitted a document titled 'Enslavement in Manus Island and Nauru' to the Office of the Prosecutor of International Criminal Court. The summary of his allegations are as follows:

The Commonwealth Government of Australia has perpetrated the crime against humanity of enslavement of asylum-seekers. A total of 2,200 asylum-seekers, who are of entirely civilian characters have been confined in Manus Island of Papua New Guinea and in Republic of Nauru for four years. The detention companies Broadspectrum and Ferrovial have co-perpetrated in the crime of enslavement. The governments of Papua New Guinea and Republic of Nauru also have co-perpetrated in this crime.
— Enslavement in Manus Island and Nauru, http://www.netipr.org/saorg/node/48
Hamid Kehazaei (24) and Faysal Ahmed (27) died from preventable causes in RPCs.

Hamid Kehazaei (24) and Faysal Ahmed (27) died from preventable causes in RPCs.

In the final section of Dr U Ne Oo's submission titled 'The Crime Against Humanity' he asks 

Where is our humanity? ... Why is it that there is such a deep failure of humanity in these cases ? Why humanity cannot intervene in these cases; when human sufferings and the loss of human lives are being treated like disposable objects ?
— http://www.netipr.org/saorg/node/48

Prime Minister, do you notice this is the same question that Walid Zazai asked in his statement in my letter to you yesterday? Dr U Ne Oo does have an answer:

[In] the case of those asylum-seekers ... the controls tantamount to possession have been applied on those asylum-seekers. ... the perpetrators of enslavement have been exercising all the powers attached to the right of ownership over those asylum-seekers. These tragic deaths are unmistaken indicators of slavery. ...
In slavery, the power of control is so severe and so dark that the humanity – the natural response of human kindness — cannot even come into a shine for its effects. The humanity has been forbidden. Hence, the crime against humanity.
— Dr U Ne Oo

I thank Dr U Ne Oo for his submission to the ICC and ask how can you defend Australia's enslavement of the asylum seekers in offshore detention? When will Australia's humanity be restored and when will full rights, freedoms and restitution be made to the men, women and children on Manus Island and Nauru? Bring them here now.

Letter from Nauru

Dear Prime Minister,

This letter was posted to Facebook from a detainee on Nauru:

Hi,
I’m writing to you with lot of frustrations.
We have been here for more than three years and we some of the refugees work for Broadspectrum. The wages for refugees is very low. $4.70 per hour. We agreed to work with that rate but BrS has made another rule for refugee employees. Refugees who work for BrS have no access for income support which was given by ABF. We refugees are being used as slaves. We have no right of freedom and no right of employment. How can we survive in this way?
Why ABF is oppressing us in different ways?
Australian government are running offshore processing centres and using these two offshore processing centres as work place for Australian. We are roughly 1100 Asylum seekers and refugees but the employees from Australia are more than us. What’s the point of creating job opportunities for Australian by detaining refugees and asylum seekers indefinitely?
We are human beings and not animals. We have right to have family but Australian government has snatched our hopes and dignity. Please let us go somewhere else where we will be able to stay safely. please stop torturing us in the name processing.
Your government of Australia are pretending to be good government but in reality, not. How long do we have to keep suffering in order to have our basic rights?
We have come to Australia by boat but Article 31 of the Refugee Convention clearly states that refugees should not be penalised for arriving without valid travel documents.
Could you please share my message with your friends? Thanks.
— https://www.facebook.com/lynne.murphy.148/posts/10154430014676769?pnref=story

Slavery as well as illegal detention?

Close the camps and bring them here.