Australia pride itself on its strong human rights record and its standing as a good global citizen. However deeper analysis and according to recent situation that how boat people are being treated shows that Australia has failed to fulfill with its international human rights obligations in a number of areas. This is making the things complicating and has tendency towards receptionist and relativist arguments as regard as these international obligations. Especially, much of the focus in Australia and the country’s response to this group of asylum seekers is structured in terms of border protection and deterrence, while not in terms of human rights. Debatably, Debate about asylum seekers in Australia is driven by misinformation and politically charged. Due to the wide spread of wrong information through mass media, Australians views regarding to people who reached or try to reach in their country have changed and these views are leading towards anti asylum seekers sentiments which are not actually powered by racism factor. The UN refugee convention recognizes that refugees have a right to enter a country for the purposes of seeking asylum with the no matter of how they arrive and whether they hold valid travel or identity documents. But this factor is also considerable that the people without their proper identification and arriving on a large scale can be burden and threat for country in terms of national security.
While discussing this hot issue, there is need to know who these asylum seekers are and why they move from one country to another. ‘An asylum seeker is a person who has fled their own country and applied for protection as a refugee. According to the United Nations (UN) Convention relating to the status of refugees, as amend by its 1967
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