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PNG Church lobbying gets reprieve for Papuan asylum seekers


Papua New Guinea has postponed plans to repatriate hundreds of asylum seekers from the Indonesian province of Papua lobbying from the Catholic Church, the United Nations refugee agency, and a number of foreign embassies.

The government had planned to send 272 people back to the province in an operation scheduled for tomorrow.

An assessment of refugee claims by a PNG taskforce found just six families from more than 100 living in a camp outside the town of Vanimo qualified as refugees.

SOURCE
Radio Australia

LINKS
Brisbane Rally
Catholics concerned about PNG repatriation plans (6/3/03)
Indonesia and PNG agree on repatriation of asylum seekers (Radio Australia)
UN concerned about refugees in PNG (Radio Australia)
Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea
Caritas PNG: Deportation order: 22 "OPM rebels" in Vanimo (30/6/01)
Pax Christi Australia: West Papua and Self-Determination
West Papua News Online
Free Papua Movement (OPM)



12 Mar 2003