Australia’s High Court has ruled asylum-seekers cannot be deported to Malaysia as planned by the Australian government in a decision handed down this week.
The ruling means negotiations are likely to resume between Australia, Nauru and Papua New Guinea over a so-called ‘Pacific Solution’ to processing asylum seekers. Nauru and PNG have previously operated detention centres on the behest of the Australian government.
The High Court has ruled that Australia could not guarantee protection for asylum-seekers sent to Malaysia, as that country has not signed the UN Refugee Convention.
Australian Immigration Minister Christ Bowen says the decision is ‘profoundly disappointing.’