Human Rights Watch to Australia: Drop asylum deal with M’sia

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.

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The Irrawaddy:Seven Hunger Strikers Sent to ‘Dog Cells’

By SAW YAN NAING Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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).

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DVB:UN says Australia refugee swap illegal

By JOSEPH ALLCHIN
Published: 25 May 2011

Canberra’s controversial plan to send asylum seekers detained on Australian soil to Malaysia as part of a “refugee swap” is illegal, according to the head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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UN envoy: Myanmar does little to stop rights abuse

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.

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Thestar:What now for boat people?

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.

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It’s a constant battle for refugees

MUHAMMAD Kamal* wakes up each day with a heavy heart. The Rohingya refugee lives from day to day, hoping someone will give him a job so he can feed his young family.

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