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New West Papuan asylum seekers should be assessed in Australia.



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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

New West Papuan asylum seekers should be assessed in Australia

Senator Nettle, 9th May 2006

Greens Immigration Spokesperson, Senator Kerry Nettle, today called on the government to process any asylum claim from the West Papuans who have been detained in the Torres Strait according to Australia's obligations under international law.

"If these three men are claiming asylum their claims should be processed in the same way as anyone who seeks asylum in Australia," Senator Nettle said.

"These men should be dealt with in Australia by Australians according to Australian laws.

"This is a test case for the Howard government. Any moves to take these men to Nauru or other place of offshore detention will be seen in Australia as appeasing the Indonesian government.

"The United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Amnesty International and The Greens have all condemned the government's proposed changes to the migration laws which are intended to target asylum seekers from West Papua.

"Asylum seekers from West Papua will continue as long as human rights abuses and economic and environmental injustices are allowed to continue in West Papua.

"The Australian government should be seeking constructive engagement with Indonesia to prevent human rights abuses instead of trying to prevent asylum seekers from accessing Australian protection.

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