The repeal of the 'Medevac' law of 'inhuman' refugees in Australia: UN

GENEVA: the decision to repeal a law that allows sick asylum seekers Papua New Guinea and that Nauru traveling to the country to receive medical treatment was cruel, inhuman and unnecessary, United Nations He said Friday.

The so-called Medevac law was passed in February, allowing transfers of refugees from Pacific nations if they were requested by two or more doctors.

Around 180 were brought to Australia for medical assistance under the law, before the country's conservative government repealed it this week.

Medical experts, not politicians, should be at the center of decisions about people's medical care, the UN rights office said in a statement.

Eliminating a fair, transparent and doctor-led process to access essential medical care and, in many cases, life-saving is cruel, inhuman and unnecessary.

The spokesman for the UN refugee agency, Babar Baloch, added that the repeal of the law can negatively affect vital care for asylum seekers in offshore processing facilities. Canberra has sent anyone attempting to arrive in Australia by boat to Papua New Guinea 's Manus island and Nauru, and has argued the "Medevac" law offered a back door entry to the country.

He claimed that the law had exposed Australians to unacceptable risk and weakened national security.

During a visit to Australia in October, the UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet He had urged the government not to reverse the law.