The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network condemns the Australian government for pressuring refugees seeking asylum in Australia to resettle in a third country.
Aliran is dismayed that the most fundamental requirements of refugee protection, especially the basic human rights of all refugees, is not covered by the Australia-Malaysia asylum seekers-for-refugees swap deal signed on 25 July 2011 – notwithstanding that Malaysia is not a state party to the 1951 Refugees Convention.
“It is definitely not on for Australia to outsource their refugee problem to Malaysia – and for Malaysia to agree to it”, the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) member of parliament Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj told Green Left Weekly at PSM’s 13th Congress held in Sungai Siput, which is the population centre of his electorate.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch welcomes the Australian government’s support for the recommendation by Sweden to safeguard the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. However, the group remains deeply concerned that while Australia claims to protect these rights, the government’s current and prospective policies and practices may in fact run afoul of Australia’s international obligations.