Australia denies asylum policy affected Indonesia executions

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The Australian government Friday demanded the country’s human rights chief retract claims linking the execution of two Australians by Indonesia with Canberra’s hard-line asylum-seeker policy, calling it “an outrageous slur”. Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs said it was no wonder Jakarta refused to back down on the death penalty for Bali drug-smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran when Australia was turning back boats full of migrants. “Boats have got to stop,” Triggs told The Australian newspaper Friday, referring to asylum-seekers trying to get to Australia, many of whom depart from Indonesia.

AFP

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