Australia: Ruling Upholds Refugees’ Rights

The Australian High Court ruled on August 31, 2011, that the Australia-Malaysia Transfer and Resettlement Arrangement is invalid and that any attempt to remove these asylum seekers to Malaysia would be unlawful.


(Washington, DC) – The Australian High Court ruled on August 31, 2011, that the Australia-Malaysia Transfer and Resettlement Arrangement is invalid and that any attempt to remove these asylum seekers to Malaysia would be unlawful, Human Rights Watch said today.

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“The court knows a dirty deal when it sees one,” said Bill Frelick, Refugee Program director at Human Rights Watch. “The Australian High Court’s ruling decisively rejects an ill-conceived government plan that would violate the rights of asylum seekers in Australia. The Australian government should now live up to its own responsibilities to decide the claims of asylum seekers on its territory.”


Australia: Ruling Upholds Refugees’ Rights


So what's the response from the Malaysian government? And why isn't the United Nations condemning the two countries on this deal which treats refugees like commodities to be bartered? Or are Malaysians not keen? Seems Malaysians are more keen on the prospects of where their next meal will come form, rather than the government's attempt in, what I consider as, slavery. 

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