Australia is resisting pressure from the United Nations’ child agency to guarantee that 14 unaccompanied children would not be sent to Malaysia as part of a new refugee swap deal.
The 14 children are among 55 asylum seekers who arrived by boat Thursday at an immigration detention camp on an Australian island territory.
They are to become the first to be sent to Malaysia within days under a new deal aimed at deterring other asylum seekers from coming to Australia by boat.
UNICEF Australia chief Norman Gillespie urged Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on Friday to ensure that no unaccompanied child is deported. But Bowen says there cannot be blanket exemptions for children.
Official Wire and AP