UN Refugee Agency Concerned About Welfare Of Iranian Deported From Fiji To PNG

PNG government strongly urged to ensure Sawari's human rights are observed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Feb. 7, 2017) – The United Nations' refugee agency is urging Papua New Guinea's government to ensure a refugee from Iran, who sought asylum in Fiji, is treated fairly.

Loghman Sawari, 21, fled to Fiji from PNG on a fake passport.

Along with his lawyer, he was on his way to meet with Fiji Immigration in Suva on Friday to seek asylum, when he was stopped by police and put on a plane back to PNG.

The UN Refugee Agency said it had sought assurances from the Fiji government last week that Mr Sawari would have access to Fiji's national asylum procedures.

The agency said it was now seeking more information from both the PNG and Fiji governments, and it was profoundly concerned for Mr Sawari's welfare.

It said it was urging the PNG government to ensure Mr Sawari was treated in accordance with international human rights law and standards.

The agency said all asylum-seekers were entitled to have their claims for refugee status considered fairly and in accordance with the 1951 Refugee Convention, to which Fiji was a signatory.

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