May 27 2011
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, slammed Australia’s mandatory detention policy, which has seen thousands of mostly Muslim asylum seekers detained for years, while their applications are processed.
Pillay said the government plan for asylum-seeker swap with Malaysia “violates refugee law”. Under the agreement, up to 800 asylum-seekers will be sent to Malaysia for processing over the next four years. Pillay said sending individuals to a country that has not ratified the torture convention and the convention on refugees goes against Australia’s obligations under international human rights law. (Australia’s main obligation is to keep its own citizens safe from the Muslim invaders)