No kindness for Mojgan – WRITTEN BY JULIAN BURNSIDE


Mojgan was living in Brisbane when she was taken from her husband and put in immigration detention.  She was behind detention centre wire when she received her year 12 certificate

You can see photographs of Mojgan and her husband here.

If she returns to Iran she will be tortured.  Her friend Sarah Smith has sent this note:

“… [Mojgan] has finally received a response from Dutton. She has been told she has two options: return to Iran (where she faces a minimum of imprisonment, maximum of execution) or remain in detention indefinitely.

… This evil is beyond anything a dystopian novelist could create. At least in fiction the government imprisons those perceived as a threat.

Here in sunny Australia, we imprison young women who fled childhood sexual abuse, who are sweet and intelligent, who want to become midwives, and who love to dance.

Here an Australian resident can wake up one morning and find the government has stolen his wife and imprisoned her hundreds of kilometers away, on the other side of prohibitively expensive airfares, and away from the support network they both spent years establishing.

Here we allow government contractors to physically assault traumatised women, drag them by their hair, and force them out of their communities, for no other than the oft-cited “Operational Reasons”.

Furious. Devastated. Emotional rage. Utterly diminished these days, as is anyone with a conscience.”

If you are outraged by this, send a message to Dutton, who doesn’t know how to behave decently; and to Turnbull, who does.




5 thoughts on “No kindness for Mojgan – WRITTEN BY JULIAN BURNSIDE

  1. This is NOT the Australian way. Let her stay and contribute all she can bring to our wonderfully multi-cultural society.
    She could be imprisoned or die in Iran for god’s sake. And we are imprisoning her here!


  2. Don’t ever travel Peter, and certainly never do anything overseas that could place you in harms way because you will deserve the same treatment as you authorise here in Australia.


  3. I am ashamed to be Australian i want to kick and claw at Dutton and his ilk i cannot believe so many think as he does it is sickening…


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