Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. Earth Science News .




ABOUT US
Australia, Indonesia to face off over people smuggling
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (UPI) Jun 26, 2013


disclaimer: image is for illustration purposes only

Australia and Indonesia are set for a "challenging" meeting over people smuggling issues when their leaders meet in July, The Age newspaper reported.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard travels to Jakarta July 4 for a two-day visit and human trafficking will be high on the agenda during talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Labor leader Gillard likely will push Indonesia to make stronger efforts to curb the activities of high-level criminals who organize unseaworthy ships full of would-be asylum seekers hoping to reach Australia.

But Susilo also will have demands, including for Australia to take more bona fide refugees, The Age reported.

The issue of people smuggling has been a highly visible issue for both countries for at least a decade. Thousands of people -- mostly from countries other than Indonesia -- pay smugglers large sums of money for passage on leaky vessels.

Many reach Australian waters and the lucky ones are rescued by the coast guard. The unlucky ones drown when their vessels sink in rough seas or break up on rocks.

People smuggling, overflowing refugee detention centers and illegal immigration are emotive issues in Australia and a minefield for its politicians in the run-up to September's federal election, expected Sept. 14.

Australia has thousands of asylum seekers in detention centers awaiting processing and they keep coming, despite people smuggling being illegal in Indonesia.

But this week The Age published a report that suggested some Indonesian police are working with the smugglers.

A hidden camera caught suspected people smuggler Freddy Ambon saying police near one of Jakarta's ports are "my men," The Age reported.

Johnny Hutauruk, head of the Indonesian government agency Human Trafficking, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, said Australian diplomats have asked him to beef up surveillance of suspected people smugglers and he has done that.

Hutauruk said Australia could ease the problem in Indonesia by taking 2,000 instead of 600 refugees a year through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Australia's opposition coalition said if it were to win the next election, it would take less, not more, refugees under UNHCR plans, The Age reported.

Last week Gillard faced angry opposition members of Parliament during question time. They said she should apologize to Indonesia when she arrives there for making Australia a soft touch for asylum seekers and not sending them back.

This encourages more people to pay the notorious people smugglers for an often deadly passage in rough seas.

Tony Abbott, leader of the main opposition Liberal Party, said he stands firm on the opposition coalition's policy of returning boats to Indonesia rather than putting the passengers in detention centers.

"These are Indonesian boats and an Indonesian boat is entitled to return to the port from which it has come," Abbott said.

Australian Green Party leader Christine Milne said Gillard's trip to Indonesia is "a last-minute effort in the context of an election campaign."

Indonesia also faces criticism related to its detention centers, in particular how it treats children in them.

A report by Human Rights Watch said hundreds of children every year are kept in squalid conditions, denied lawyers and sometimes beaten or thrown out onto the streets with no place to go.

Indonesian presidential spokesman Teuku Faizasyah denied the allegations in an interview with Radio Australia this week.

"I've never heard of such accusations," he said. "Cases might happen, but that's not systematic. We didn't design our facility to deal with so many people."

.


Related Links
All About Human Beings and How We Got To Be Here






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





ABOUT US
Outside View: Cosby's inciteful insights on Muslims
Herndon, Va. (UPI) Jun 25, 2013
The story goes a child worried his parents when, by age 10, he had yet to utter a word. One day the boy sits down to breakfast, takes a spoonful of oatmeal and suddenly yells out, "This oatmeal is cold." Ecstatic her son is speaking, the mother asks why he kept silent so long. "Until now," he responds, "everything was fine." Bill Cosby, 75 - an entertainment icon - has sometimes ventu ... read more


ABOUT US
India rescue chopper crash death toll rises to 20

WIN-T Increment 1 Enables National Guard to Restore Vital Network Communications Following a Disaster

Australia costs from natural disasters to soar: study

Satellite data will be essential to future of groundwater, flood and drought management

ABOUT US
Laser can identify substances, could be military tool

Disney Research creates techniques for high quality, high resolution stereo panoramas

Cheap, color, holographic video

Crowd-funded videogame console selling fast

ABOUT US
Genetic survey sheds light on Oceans' lean, mean microbial machines

Microbes Reign in World's Oceans

Rising seas washing away Pacific leader's home island

Fiji's Air Pacific bans 'unsustainable' shark fins

ABOUT US
The rhythm of the Arctic summer

Global cooling as significant as global warming

Warm ocean drives most Antarctic ice shelf loss

Jet stream changes cause climatically exceptional Greenland Ice Sheet melt

ABOUT US
Dutch government introduces nitrogen-reduction bill for nature areas

Rotation-resistant rootworms owe their success to gut microbes

Pesticides tainting traditional China herbs: Greenpeace

Research suggests plants capable of employing quantum physics

ABOUT US
Mexico storm upgraded to hurricane: forecasters

India flood rescue ops intensify, up to 1,000 feared dead

Flooding in Canada forces evacuation in another city

Tropical storm Barry kills three in Mexico

ABOUT US
New Sudan armed forces chief after rebel attacks

Uganda president's son denies plan to succeed father

Africa juggles East and West, as Obama comes to visit

In Ghana's gold country, Chinese miners flee crackdown

ABOUT US
Australia, Indonesia to face off over people smuggling

Outside View: Cosby's inciteful insights on Muslims

New frontier for cybersecurity: your body

What do memories look like?




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement