Sri Lanka is not in crisis, human rig...

Sri Lanka is not in crisis, human rights are fine

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Anglo-Saxon-Celt

Airds, Australia

#1 May 5, 2013
LAUREN WILSON: The Minister for Immigration has been in Sri Lanka. What's your assessment at the moment about human rights in Sri Lanka?

SCOTT MORRISON: Well things have moved on since the end of the war, some years ago as you know. I was there with Julie Bishop and Michael Keenan earlier this year, and we had extensive discussions with people, particularly with the Tamil community, who took us around on our own private tour, with no government involvement, over the first couple of days. We met people in displaced persons camps, and met with their authorities and everyone to understand the situation. Now, one thing we learned, very importantly there, was the relationship with India, and what the UNHCR's High Commissioner for Refugees had said about the good work India had done in providing a safe-

HUGH RIMINTON: What is your assessment? The question is, what is your assessment of human rights in Sri Lanka?

SCOTT MORRISON: Well, I think the situation has improved dramatically. That's not to say that things still do not occur, and cannot still occur, but my point is this: why would you come all the way on a boat to Australia, over 3,000km, when 30km away in India there is safe haven and has been for a long time? So the issue is about why someone would decide to get on that boat to come to Australia, as opposed if they are fleeing for their lives, than a safer, closer, and proven option, is already available. And that's - that was our assessment when we were there. But people should be returned to Sri Lanka. This Government has returned about one in six this year. And our view has always been in co-operation with the Sri Lankan government to arrange for people, all who would seek to come, to be returned, and do that through the non-government authorities that can assist with people's settlement back into Sri Lanka, as has been the case out of India. I mean, thousands of people have been resettled back out of India into Sri Lanka, and that process has gone very well.

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Anglo-Saxon-Celt

Airds, Australia

#2 May 5, 2013
"...why would you come all the way on a boat to Australia, over 3,000km, when 30km away in India there is safe haven and has been for a long time?"

Thats the question and yet i think we all know why.
Cuthbert

Hawthorn, Australia

#3 May 5, 2013
There are thousands of srilankans go to ceylon for a holiday every year from Australia.
There is a danger only when they want to claim refugee status not after they live in aus permanently
Anglo-Saxon-Celt

Airds, Australia

#4 May 5, 2013
Sri Lankans living in Australia or trying to obtain refugee status has to be stopped.

All non-white immigration must be stopped.

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