UN concerned over Australian refugee plans?

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Saturday he had concerns about Australia's approach towards refugees, even as he praised the "model" nation for its record on the world stage.


"Canberra suffered a humiliating setback last week when the High Court blocked its plans to ship up to 800 boatpeople to Malaysia, finding asylum seekers could not be sent to another nation unless that country was compelled to adequately protect them.
Malaysia is not a signatory to the UN convention on refugees and the decision was welcomed by refugee activists who had accused Australia of abandoning its international obligations by transferring asylum seekers to a country without proper protection.
Canberra had argued the policy would have crushed people-smugglers and is taking legal advice on what to do next given the ruling could also jeopardise its plans to transfer other asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea."

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