Latest West Papuan refugee crisis Stories

2006-04-10 23:58:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian review of how it grants visas to asylum seekers could undermine the integrity and credibility of its refugee process, human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Australian Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday that the system was under review after a recent Immigration Department decision to grant asylum to 42 boat people from Indonesia's Papua province strained ties between Canberra and Jakarta. The government is considering...

2006-04-07 01:52:02

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will review how it grants visas to asylum seekers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after Indonesia complained it was not consulted over Canberra's decision to give 42 Papuans protection visas. Australia's Immigration Department recognized the 42 boat people from Indonesia's troubled Papua province as refugees last month after they sailed from their homeland in a traditional outrigger with a banner accusing Indonesia of genocide. Jakarta...

2006-04-04 18:16:07

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is investigating reports on Wednesday that a second boatload of asylum seekers from Indonesia's troubled Papua province had landed in northern Australia. Ties between Australia and Indonesia became strained last month after Canberra granted asylum to 42 Papuan refugees, who arrived in late January after sailing for five days in a traditional outrigger. A spokesman for Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone confirmed there were reports another group of...

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