Asylum seekers being held indefinitely in offshore detention on Manus Island have written a letter to the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau begging him to rescue them.
The letter, a copy of which can be read in full below, was emailed to Mr Trudeau by refugee advocates this morning.
“In reality there is no reason why Australian cannot simply process people and offer them protection here since we are signatory to the UN convention on refugees,” Refugee Action Collective’ s Margaret Sinclair wrote in the attached email.
“Many are simply too damaged to make Australia their home even if it were an option … There are stories of beatings, poor sanitary conditions and rancid food.
“Even if your government is unwilling to take the men who are asking you for asylum, could you be able to make the strongest representation to the Asutralain government to encourage them to fulfil their international obligations and end the detention of people on Manus and Nauru.”
It follows speculation the government may ask Canada to help resettle some of the 1600 people seeking asylum currently living in limbo on Manus Island and Nauru.
Source: Supplied by Refugee Action Collective Victoria