UN Rights Official Defers Visiting Australia on Access Concerns

A planned Australia visit by a United Nations official has been deferred because of a lack of cooperation by the government regarding access to detention centers, according to a statement on the UN Human Rights website.

The visit by Francois Crepeau, special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, was scheduled from Sept. 27 to Oct. 9 to gather information about the situation of asylum seekers in Australian and off-shore detention centers based in neighboring Nauru and Papua New Guinea, it said.

Crepeau postponed the visit after the Australian government wasn’t prepared to give a written guarantee that no one meeting with him would be at risk of any intimidation or sanctions, he said in the statement.

The “threat of reprisals with persons who would want to cooperate with me on the occasion of this official visit is unacceptable,” Crepeau said.

Link to statement: http://bit.ly/1KETDWI

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