Saturday, 2 October 2010

UNHCR Affiliates Accused of Refugee Corruption

" Speaking to The Irrawaddy, Ko Maung, a member of both the BRO and NLDLA, said, “I became a member of two organizations doing business with the Burmese refugees. I have paid a so-called 'membership fee' of 60 Malaysian Ringgit (US $20) per month to each group for one year now. But when the UNHCR began registering refugees, I was overlooked for others who had paid more money.
“I’ve no document to live in Malaysia,” he added. “I am frustrated that the UNHCR passed responsibility [for the registration process] to other organizations and that it is not involved directly with the refugees.”

This is "the queue" that the right, the politicians and the elites in Australia say the sunburned travellers on the leaky boats should be languishing at the back of rather than using their initiative and getting themselves to safety. Albeit as the UNHCR says to anyone who will listen that there is no orderly queue and that refugees should get themselves to safety any way they can. Sometimes it seems Australia is discriminating against people with initiative.

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