Originally published by ABC News, 26 February 2010
There are claims the United Nations’ refugee agency (UNHCR) ignored repeated warnings about the imminent forced deportation of 20 Uighur asylum seekers from Cambodia to China last year.
The Cambodian government was condemned around the world when it deported the asylum seekers at gunpoint in December.
Two Australian women – joint Nobel Peace Prize winner Sister Denise Coghlan and Taya Hunt, a legal officer with the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) – represented the Uighurs for six months prior to their deportation.
The pair have spoken exclusively to AM.
Ms Hunt provided legal and humanitarian support to the Uighurs and is one of the few people to have close contact with them.
“[They were] very grateful for the assistance we were providing them and generally just a nice, calm group of people,” she said.
“There was a pregnant woman in the group and her beautiful two children.”Continue Reading →