Friday, September 17, 2004

THE STATE AND THE STATELESS

An asylum seeker, Mohammad Hasan al Khafaji, has won his freedom at last, after years of periodic detention in Australia. Now he has been released into the community because the authorities are convinced that he has no nation to call home. Stateless!

Nevertheless, the point to note is that without such tender mercy in the form of state intervention, he could have been detained for life.
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