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Australia to Deport More Than 100 Rohingya Asylum Seekers: Report

20 September 2013

Australia is set to deport over 100 Rohingya asylum-seekers to detention centers in Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the coming weeks, in spite of accusations that the move would breach international human rights law, Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB) reported. DVB cited campaign group the Arakan Project saying at least 100 Rohingyas fleeing conflict and persecution in Burma’s western Arakan state are among those to arrive in Australia since the government announced a policy to redirect asylum seekers. “A spokesperson for the Department of Immigration confirmed to DVB on Wednesday that 72 Burmese nationals and 284 stateless individuals—which is likely to include some Rohingya—were set for removal,” the report said.

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