24 May '11, 3am

UN flays Australia's Malaysia boatpeople plan

UN flays Australia's Malaysia boatpeople plan

SYDNEY: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has warned Australia its plan to send boatpeople to Malaysia could be illegal, while appealing for Canberra to be more humane towards asylum seekers. In comments reported in Australian media Tuesday, Navi Pillay said the country should work on making its processing policy more efficient rather than sending detainees offshore. "If Australia is serious about this policy of sending 800 people out to Malaysia, then I think it violates refugee law," said Pillay, who is visiting Sydney. "They cannot send individuals to a country that has not ratified the torture convention, the convention on refugees," she said. "So there are no protections for individuals in Malaysia. And Australia, of all people, that upholds (international standards), should not collaborate with these kinds of schemes." Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN Re...

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