China Deports Refugees Ahead Of Olympics — UN

From Reuters:

The United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday China had deported 15 refugees this year in a “security sweep” ahead of the Beijing Olympic Games.

It voiced concern at the most recent case, a 17-year-old boy from Pakistan, who it said had been sent back after being taken from his home in Beijing on April 3 despite being recognised as a refugee under international law.

“There have been 15 (deportations) in total this year from China. They have been Iraqis, Sri Lankans and Pakistanis,” Jennifer Pagonis, spokeswoman of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), told a news briefing in Geneva.

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April 8, 2008 6:06 PM
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