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UN concerned over Vietnamese turnback

Protesters at a Welcome Refugees rally and march in Sydney on April 19 walk from Belmore Park at Central to Victoria Park in Broadway to condemn the federal government's policies towards asylum seekers. (AAP Image/Newzulu/Jeff Tan

Protesters at a Welcome Refugees rally and march in Sydney on April 19 walk from Belmore Park at Central to Victoria Park in Broadway to condemn the federal government’s policies towards asylum seekers.  Photo AAP Image/Newzulu/Jeff Tan

Canberra, AAP – The United Nations is concerned about the fate of a group of Vietnamese asylum seekers who may not have been fairly assessed at sea before being returned by the Australian Navy.

UN Refuge Agency spokeswoman Vivian Tan told ABC radio she is concerned the lives of 50 Vietnamese nationals could be at risk if they were not granted proper processes, and is seeking information from the Australian government.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has refused to confirm last week’s turn-back, reiterating the government’s policy not to speak about operational matters.


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