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45 human rights groups condemn Aust asylum claim suspension

45 human rights groups condemn Aust asylum claim suspension

Posted 6 May 2010, 19:40 AEST

45 human rights groups from 16 countries have banded together, condemning the Australia's suspension of processing asylum applications from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

The mainly Asian NGOs say Australia has sent a message to the region that it doesn't respect the binding nature of its international human rights obligations. Critics say the suspension undermines Australia's own policy to promote ratification of the United Nation's Refugee Convention throughout Asia.

Presenter: Bill Bainbridge

Paul Power, chief executive officer of the Refugee Council of Australia; Ramesh Fernando, a former detainee who now works with Rise

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