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Dutton deals with Cambodia while Christian refugees persecuted

The Abbott government shouldn't proceed with its doomed Cambodian refugee deal, especially considering the recent illegal forced return of Vietnamese refugees, the Australian Greens have said.

"The Abbott government is turning a blind eye to appalling human rights abuses, just to get this dirty deal done," the Greens' immigration spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.

"Cambodia can barely care for its own people and has a track record of abusing refugees' rights. Just last month Cambodian officials hunted down and forcefully returned Christian refugees to face persecution in Vietnam.

"The Abbott government should give up on this ill-fated and costly refugee deal immediately.

"Forcing refugees to choose between a life of torment on Nauru or a life of poverty in Cambodia is appalling. Peter Dutton is simply putting these families, who have fled from war and persecution, in a desperate lose-lose situation.

"Australia should be leading a genuine regional solution and working with countries to improve conditions, increase refugee processing speeds and find them safe places to live. Instead the Abbott government is bullying refugees and leaning on our impoverished neighbours."

 

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