Not Illegal

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Attention: Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Federal Member for Cook, Mr Scott Morrison

Dear Mr Morrison,

It’s pretty simple really, even my children understand it.

Seeking asylum is not illegal. Using a boat as a means of transport to seek asylum is not illegal.

It is a basic human right to be able to seek asylum.

Article 14 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.

By definition, people seeking asylum are not migrants. They therefore do not need valid visas to enter other countries. It’s a case of normal laws not applying. Just like we don’t say it’s illegal for an ambulance to be driven through red lights, or break the speed limit when necessary.

I’d be more than happy to come and explain this to you Mr Scott Morrison. So would my twelve year old.

I’m ready for a chat anytime you are.

Yours Sincerely,

Naomi

PS. I have a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in plain language if you’d like a copy? Ditto the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

 

Sources:

United Nations Cyber School bus 

UNIC Canberra 

Go Back To Where You Came From Series 2
photo credit: ginnerobot via photopin cc

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