Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled PNG

    Fiji deports Iranian refugee who fled PNG

    Feb.3, Tehran: Fiji has deported an Iranian refugee back to Papua New Guinea (PNG), where he spent years detained under Australia's controversial immigration policies.

    Loghman Sawari used fake documents to fly to Fiji to seek asylum, saying he did not feel safe in PNG. But on Friday the 21-year-old was stopped by police as he went to meet immigration officials and deported.

    Rights groups have condemned the move. Amnesty International said it had "grave concerns" about his wellbeing.

    Loghman Sawari arrived in PNG in 2013. He was one of about 1,250 asylum seekers detained by Australia in two offshore camps, in PNG's Manus Island and on the Pacific island of Nauru.

    Australia refuses to accept refugees who arrive by boat, and says they must resettle in Cambodia or PNG. Rights groups say the policy contradicts international obligations and that conditions in the camps are deplorable.

    The Oslo Times International News Network