OPEN LETTER TO THE PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND BORDER CONTROL
Dear Prime Minister and Minister Dutton,
As writers committed to protecting and defending human rights, and as citizens of conscience, we the undersigned wish to express our deep abhorrence of the ongoing mistreatment of refugees in Australia's offshore detention centres.
As writers, we are called in our work to engage imaginatively and empathically with the fundamental issues of our time. In so doing we are acutely conscious of the human impact of historical events, and attuned to those individuals whose stories have been repressed and silenced. As one of many countries engaged with the global refugee crisis, Australia is today confronted with the most profound questions about the sanctity of human life, the safeguarding of human dignity and the limits of anguish.