Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said she will raise human rights concerns with Burmese and Cambodian leaders during a three-day summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that begins in Sydney on Friday.
Six smugglers at the centre of a “pay and turn back” row between Indonesia and Australia were being questioned by Indonesian police on Tuesday.
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Burmese asylum-seekers living in Indonesia say they will continue to risk their lives and travel by boat to Australia, despite the very high chance they will never get there.
Aung San Suu Kyi arrives in Australia on her first official visit to the country.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard said Australia will ease restrictions on Burma during President Thein Sein’s landmark trip to the country on Monday.
Australia will donate USD$ 2.5 million in humanitarian assistance to Burma. The money will be split between providing emergency relief for displaced people in Arakan and Kachin states.