Malaysia wants to remove any reference to “human rights” from the refugees-for-asylum seekers swap deal with Australia, according to an ABC report.
Why has the Australia government agreed to this stinking deal in the first place, knowing Malaysia’s poor human rights record and its failure to ratify the 1951 UN refugee rights’ convention? Is Australia ‘outsourcing’ its handling of asylum seekers/boat people to a third country?
And what happens to women and children among the boat people landing in Australia? Do they end up in overcrowded Malaysian detention camps as well?
It is bad enough that we are being saddled with an Australian rare earth refinery that will leave behind waste containing radioactive material in this country.
Now we have an appalling deal which treats human beings as commodities to be bartered – “I give you five refugees, you give me one asylum seeker”.