Following Australian Parliament’s passage of a bill to process asylum seekers offshore, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) held a press briefing in Geneva saying the new policy raises complex legal, protection, policy and operational issues. UNHCR Spokesperson Adrian Edwards welcomes Australia Expert Panel’s Report as it encourages regional cooperation which the UNHRC has long supported....
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard beamed when she met the Press in Canberra looking as if she is out of the asylum conundrum. The Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, which her Government appointed prior to Parliamentary break in June 28, released a Report early today outlining 22 Recommendations on how to deal with the flood of asylum seekers arriving by boat. The Report...
The Senate upheld a High Court’s decision to scrap an extra-territorial solution to people smuggled by boat into Australia in a dramatic vote, 39 against 29. This is a nail in the coffin of Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s benchmark policy to solve human smuggling. It also puts to rest Gillard’s “Malaysian Solution”—a deal that allows Australia to take in 4,000 genuine...
Human smuggling is unstoppable. Two incidents of capsized vessels near the Christmas Island were reported this week. Rescue operations have been dispatched to look for survivors. It has become all-too-ordinary when people are crammed into a boat and sail on treacherous waters with high hopes of reaching Australia— then the boat sinks before it reaches...
Shipwrecks will not deter refugees or asylum seekers to take the boat to Australia. About 200 people are feared dead at sea 200km off Java Island of Indonesia when the overloaded boat they boarded sank on Saturday. Only three dozen survivors are so far accounted for, but do not rely on numbers which can be...
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