[The Australian Senate] bill proposes really extraordinary powers to intercept, detain and push people back at sea, and in fact, to send them to countries with which Australia may have absolutely no agreement, which really raises concerning questions about our respect for the sovereignty of other countries.
[Pacific Island leaders] see refugee as a negative term that connotes victimhood and people in need of protection by the international community. For them it signifies that they've become people who don't have any agency or aren't able to contribute.
As a close observer of UN processes, Roberta Cohen provides a number of concrete suggestions about how member states, the UNHCR and the Secretary-General might get more involved in persuading China to abandon forced repatriations of North Korean defectors.
[On meeting people displaced in Ethiopia in the late 1980s] These were people who had been uprooted in their own country, and if they crossed the border, they’d be ‘refugees’ and could receive international aid. But if the government of their own country was at war with them, the international system would not support them.
"Articles of Responsibility of States or Internationally Wrongful Acts" adopted by the United Nations in 2001 show that a country can contract out the processing of refugees but cannot contract its international obligation.