A Letter from Manus to the PNG Chief Justice
A letter written to the PNG courts - 'If Australian responsibility has ended with the closure of centre, then PNG should ask Australia why the NZ offer been refused by Turnbull'
7 November 2017
Dear PNG Supreme Court Chief Justice Salami Injia
If Australian responsibility has ended with the closure of centre, then PNG should ask Australia why the NZ offer been refused by Turnbull.
Another important thing is that all of PNG is a problem for everyone. It’s not about closing one centre and opening another one in east Lorengau or elsewhere in PNG such as Port Moresby. We all, refugees and asylum seekers, do not feel safe in PNG, even us in Port Moresby. I have already been robbed here in POM.
We have experienced this cruelty and inhumanity for the past 4 and a half years and it’s still happening.
We have no single right to live in PNG. Making an assertion of giving security and alternative accommodation, medical and food etc are all just senseless torture of asylum seekers and refugees but in different ways. It’s just another cruelty, nothing else.
I have transferred to Port Moresby for my medical treatment and am living in Granville Motel. I am still feeling and thinking that I’m in detention because we have no basic rights to live in PNG. Manus detention, East Lorengau and Port Moresby are all the same, none is worse than another.
We don't want to live in East Lorengau or Port Moresby or elsewhere in PNG. We respect PNG and their culture, but PNG is not able to look after asylum seekers and keep us as hostages.
We humbly request that international communities evacuate us from PNG. It is the time to help us human beings. It is not time to push us in PNG community.