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Published Jul 18, 2018. | Viewed 23036

The UN refugee agency UNHCR said Tuesday it is alarmed by the separation of a Sri Lankan refugee family including a young baby in Sydney by the Australian government. The reporter said that The deportation overnight of the father leaves his Sri Lankan partner who is a recognized refugee alone in Australia with their 11 month old daughter. UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic said at a UN briefing in Geneva. He said it contravenes the basic right of family unity, as well as the fundamental principle of the best interests of the child. UNHCR sought assurances from the Australian government that the man would not be removed from Australia and be allowed to remain with his family. Private legal representatives had also lodged requests for intervention with the Australian Minister for Home Affairs.