Several NGOs submitted a joint memorandum to the Australian High Commission protesting the asylum seekers swap between Malaysia and Australia.
At a press conference later, Tenaganita chairman Irene Fernandez said civil societies were in the dark about the details of the agreement.
“So we asked for the details but the deputy high commissioner (Arthur Spyrow) was unable to provide it. He said both governments are still working on it,” she added.
Irrespective of the terms and conditions, Fernandez said civil societies were against the plan as it would expose the asylum seekers to human rights violation due to Malaysia’s poor track record in upholding human rights.
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