26 Jul '11, 2am

"Australia is just using Malaysia as a dumping ground for the boat people it does not want," said HRW's Asia...

KUALA LUMPUR - THE Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) not to endorse the refugee swap agreement between Australia and Malaysia. 'Australia is just using Malaysia as a dumping ground for the boat people it does not want,' said HRW's Asia Division deputy director Phil Robertson. He said Australia was walking away from its commitment to follow the 1951 Refugees Convention in making such an agreement with a country that is not a cosignatory. 'For Malaysia, this is a money talks' kind of deal, and for Australia, it's a desperate move by a government with falling poll numbers seeking political traction on the backs of vulnerable people seeking refuge,' he said. Mr Robertson said endorsing the agreement would be the worst type of precedent. 'We're concerned it could start a wider erosion of protection for refugees thro...

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