UN says boat turnbacks don’t work. Also: black is white

Caption: Apparently, the UN would rather see this than country-shopping boat people safely turned back.

You have to wonder sometimes whether the unelected bureaucrats of the UN even live on the same planet as the rest of us. Granted, the world must look different when seen through the windows of endless Business Class travel, but it still seems hard to reconcile the Topsy-Turvy Land of UN politics with the real world.

After all, the UN lives on a planet where Saudi Arabia, China and Somalia are put on a pedestal to lecture the rest of us about human rights, and Israel is the world?s pre-eminent human rights-abusing monster. As for the demonstrably effective border control policies of Australia, well, according to the globalist sages of the UN, they ?just don?t work?. Quote:

The UN refugee agency?s ?Indonesia chief, Thomas Vargas, told The Australian that turn-back policies such as those used by Australia?s Border Force to prevent boatloads of asylum-seekers reaching Australia ?just don?t work?.

?One country might say ?Yes, it?s working for us?, but that leaves other countries to deal with the situation and inevitably we are all in this together.? End of quote.

Exactly: it works for us. As a sovereign nation, that?s the benchmark. That?s how geopolitics works in the real world, not the UN?s globalist fantasy-land, where we?re ?all in this together?, but by some strange quirk, it?s the peaceful, prosperous West and its generous welfare states that are the preferred destinations.

But, it is true that Australia?s policies reverberate back down the line: if Australia?s borders open again and the sugar is back on the table, neighbouring Indonesia will once again be swamped, as a transition point. Quote:

Indonesians involved in the people-smuggling trade have told The Australian they are closely monitoring federal election campaigning and say they are ready to kickstart their trade if a new government weakens the nation?s tough border policies. Indonesian authorities have said they, too, are following the ?debate and bracing for a possible change in policy that could lead to a resumption of boats.

The Weekend Australian reported on Saturday that a boat carrying up to 200 asylum-?seekers had left India this month and could be headed for New Zealand but may plan stops in ?Indonesia or Malaysia.

Refugee resettlements out of Indonesia have slowed dramatically in recent years as traditional resettlement countries such as Australia have increased restrictions on intakes and shifted their priorities to allow more refugees from war-torn Syria. The US has slashed its intake to a quarter of its former annual resettlement quota?The message prompted 455 ?refugees to leave Indonesia and ?return to their home countries last year, many of those to Afghanistan. End of quote.

Indonesian officials grudgingly concede the effectiveness of Australia?s policies. Quote:

Chairul Anwar, one of Indonesia?s most senior bureaucrats dealing with refugees and people-smuggling, told The Australian boat turnbacks had so far been ?effective in ending the people-smuggling trade out of Indonesia. End of quote.

By 2013, boats were arriving on Australia?s shores daily. Within months of Operation Sovereign Borders the tide was stopped. The once-overflowing detention centres are empty of all but a hard core of recalcitrant undesirables. Australia?s policies have undeniably worked.

But, policies that work are kryptonite to the ineffectual, bloated UN. Quote:

The UNHCR has been critical of Australia?s ban on accepting refugees who arrived in Indonesia after July 2014 and of its boat turn-back policy, which it says endangers lives and flouts international law-of-the-sea conventions.

Mr Vargas told The Australian the UNHCR position was that ?countries work together to rescue any boats in distress? and to ensure anyone in distress made it safely to the nearest port of entry. End of quote.

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There were at least 1200 deaths at sea under the open borders policies favoured by the UN. Under Sovereign Borders, those deaths have stopped.

But who are you going to believe: the UN or your lyin? eyes?

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