NEW YORK: Australia risks reneging on its international legal obligations if it forcibly transfers 800 asylum seekers to Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Seven of the 22 political prisoners who have been on a hunger strike at Rangoon’s Insein Prison since last week have been placed in special punishment cells for demanding better conditions, according to the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP).
BANGKOK (AP) – The United Nations’ human rights envoy to Myanmar said the country’s nascent civilian government has done little to address widespread abuses, including forced labor and extrajudicial killings, since replacing the ruling junta in March.
The asylum seeker-refugee swap Australia has proposed with Malaysia has raised concerns about the fate of those who are coming here.
FREEDOM from persecution and war is a powerful motivator that makes thousands uproot loved ones or break up their families to leave their home countries in search of asylum every year.