A possie in Aussie

November 30, 2009

Refoulement for Hazara refugees in Indonesia

Filed under: asylum,asylum seeker,boat people — Nayano @ 7:45 am
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The most basic right that all refugees and  asylum seekers have is that of non-refoulement – that is, not to be returned to the danger they are fleeing.

Countries that are signatories to the UN Refugee Convention are bound by international law not to do so.

Almost without exception, Afghan Hazaras who reach Australia are determined by the Australian Immigration Department to have legitimate claims to protection as refugees.

If Australian can keep them from arriving, however, then other things can happen. And they do. Especially when, like Indonesia, the countries they are attempting to transit are not Convention signatories.

Thanks to Pamela Curr for alerting me to the following news report, roughly translated (by Google) as follows:

Metrotvnews.com, Tangerang: A total of 26 illegal immigrants from Afghanistan, Tuesday (24/11), were deported by the Immigration Officer Banten Province. They were caught when going to Australia in the waters of the Sunda Strait, Pandeglang. All the immigrants, 14 adults and 12 children, were deported through the International Airport Soekarno-Hatta. They secured the Police Air and Air Jakarta for not having an official immigration documents. (RAS)

View the news clip, with vision of a Hazara family being deported, at Metro TV News.com


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