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posted by David Coleman, Jul 01, 2015
In recent months, a situation which may amount to genocide with the Roingya in Myanmar has emerged. David Coleman says the status of Australia's compliance with the Refugee Convention is in crisis.
A refugee is a person that cannot return to their home country because they face persecution in their home country. According to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), there were 16.7 million refugees worldwide at the end of 2013, but it is currently estimated to be above 50 million because of the international political situation in countries such as Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.
Over half of the registered refugees are children. For the first time since WWII, the number of refugees in the world has risen above 50 million. In recent months, a situation which may amount to genocide with an ethnic minority called the Roingya in Myanmar has emerged. Tony Abbott infamously said “nope, nope, nope” when asked if Australia would direct any resources to assisting Indonesia with the Roingya refugee application.
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