PM Jacinda Ardern, please act now to save the Manus refugees!
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An entirely preventable humanitarian disaster is unfolding on Manus Island. 600 refugees are being denied water, food, and emergency medical care by the Australian Government.
- Prime Minister of New Zealand
Dear Prime Minister
Warm congratulations on your election as New Zealand’s new Prime Minister.
I am signing this letter to call upon you and your Government to intervene in the entirely preventable humanitarian disaster unfolding on Manus Island.
I applaud you for renewing New Zealand’s previous offer to resettle 150 refugees from Manus Island and Nauru. I am aware that on Sunday the Australian Prime Minister, Mr Turnbull, refused your renewed offer at this time. This is not acceptable. The 600 men who have languished in Papua New Guinea for over four years need immediate access to food, water, medical care AND a durable solution.
I urge you to actively pursue negotiations with the Papua New Guinean Government and the UNHCR Regional Representative to resettle as many of the men from Manus Island as soon as possible, before a further tragedy occurs.
I acknowledge, with regret, the unfortunate necessity of writing to you to request that New Zealand step in to resolve this crisis when it is so clearly an Australian responsibility. I believe, however, that the moral leadership New Zealand can take on this issue will increase the pressure on the Australian Government to work with resettlement countries to resolve the current crisis.
In the spirit of international cooperation and humanity, thank you for considering this letter.
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