Letter in The Australian today from John Dowd,
President, International Commission of Jurists, Sydney NSW.

” Australia has an obligation to show respect and adhere to international and human rights law.

The purpose of the Refugee Convention is to give protection to those who arrive in any manner.

Refugee movement often involves illegal departure from the country of feared persecution and ille

gal entry to the country in which refuge is sought ,and without documentation.

Excising Australia from Australia is not only absurd and morally repugnant, but represents a fundamental breach of Australia’s obligations and effectively marks Australia’s withdrawal from the convention.

It may serve as a precedent for other countries and signal that Australia can no longer be respected as an advocate for human rights.

I call on all MPs to oppose the bill now before Parliament.”