A possie in Aussie

August 22, 2009

‘Solution’ for Australia means death for Rohingyas

Australia’s current ‘solution’ to managing asylum seekers is to pay countries to the north, in particular Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, to prevent them from leaving About AusAIDin Indonesia

It is a ‘solution’ for Australia, but can be a ‘final solution’ for the asylum seekers themselves. Malaysia sells deported refugees into slavery

Andrew Bartlett reports once more on the dreadful conditions for asylum seekers in Thailand.  Treatment of asylum seekers in Thailand. Two young Burmese Rohingya ‘migrants’, aged 15 and 19, recently died in a Thai detention camp.   The UNHCR (the UN refugee agency) is being denied access to the camp, despite many requests.

Andrew comments:

“The simple fact remains that refugees only use people smugglers when there are no other viable options to reach safety and security from   persecution. Cracking down on smugglers while doing nothing to create viable pathways for refugees will just make things more difficult for refugees, including a probable increase in suffering, dangers and cost”.

The aid and assistance that Australia is presently providing to its northern neighbours is in the main directed at preventing smuggling of asylum seekers to Australian waters. A more ethical stance would be to provide aid and assistance for decent living conditions and recognition as persons in need of humanitarian treatment.

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