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  1. News - World - AUSTRALIA

    UNHCR 'concern' over Australia's handling of Sri Lankan refugees

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 09:44pm by AFP

    ... in Australian waters. Under its policy of not commenting on "operational matters", Canberra has refused to confirm the boats exist, sparking criticism from the UN refugee agency UNHCR. "UNHCR has followed with profound concern recent reports in the media and from the community in relation to the interception at sea of individuals who may be seeking Australia's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1546699/unhcr-concern-over-australias-handling-sri-lankan-refugees
  2. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Sri Lankan asylum seeker group to be taken to the Australian mainland

    Posted Jul 25th 2014, 03:36pm by Associated Press in Sydney

    ... he said. Morrison refused to say where the asylum seekers will be taken in Australia. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, criticised Australia for its decision to return the asylum ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1558985/sri-lankan-asylum-seeker-group-be-taken-australian-mainland
  3. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    UN ‘troubled’ by Australia’s Papua New Guinea boatpeople plan

    Posted Jul 26th 2013, 09:40pm by AFP

    ... it was concerned greater numbers of asylum-seekers could be sent to the poor and developing nation. “UNHCR is troubled by the current absence of adequate protection standards and safeguards ... to deter record numbers of asylum-seekers arriving by boat. Hundreds have drowned making the perilous journey. But under the new arrangement, which the UNHCR said raised serious and so far ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1291520/un-troubled-australias-png-boatpeople-plan
  4. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australian high court blocks return of 153 refugees to Sri Lanka

    Posted Jul 08th 2014, 10:49pm by AFP

    ... The UN's refugee agency, UNHCR, said it was "deeply concerned" by the developments, although it did not have enough information about how the Sri Lankans were screened to determine ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1549946/australian-high-court-blocks-return-153-refugees-sri-lanka
  5. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia to extend reach of tough refugee policy

    Posted Oct 31st 2012, 03:42pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... agency UNHCR criticised the move, saying it did not absolve Australia of its obligations toward refugees under international law. It also expressed “increasing concern” about the status of more ... raises serious legal issues, as well as concerns for the health and well-being of those affected,” the UNHCR’s Canberra office said. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1073966/australia-extend-reach-tough-refugee-policy
  6. News - Asia - AUSTRALIA

    Australia defends PNG refugee plan despite UN concern

    Posted Oct 12th 2012, 04:28pm by Agence France-Presse in Sydney

    ... to PNG was “fully appropriate”. It was the UNHCR’s assessment that PNG “does not have the legal safeguards nor the competence or capacity to shoulder alone the responsibility of protecting ... consulted with and tabled correspondence by the UNHCR – and as always, we take on board issues they have raised,” the spokesman said. “We continue to work with the PNG government on implementation ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1059582/australia-defends-png-refugee-plan-despite-un-concern

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