Aust’s Tough Stance On Refugees Will Cost It: UN Of­fi­cial

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AUnited Na­tions Spe­cial Rap­por­teur on hu­man rights, Fran­cois Cre­peau, says he does not see the point in Aus­tralia’s in­ten­tion to never al­low refugees who ar­rived by boat into the coun­try. Can­berra has said any refugees who tried to reach the coun­try ir­reg­u­larly by boat and who are ac­cepted by other na­tions would never be al­lowed to travel to Aus­tralia.

Mr Cre­peau has just fin­ished an of­fi­cial as­sess­ment of Aus­tralia’s treat­ment of refugees and says its poli­cies have tar­nished the coun­try’s rep­u­ta­tion.

He said Aus­tralia would be the loser if it main­tained its po­si­tion to never let these refugees into the coun­try.

“I don’t see the point of that puni­tive ap­proach. It doesn’t help any­thing,” he said.

“It doesn’t change the lives of peo­ple. It will just de­prive Aus­tralia of the ben­e­fit of peo­ple who would be suc­cess­fully re­set­tled else­where.” RNZI

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