Class of 2015
Note & Comment Editor, Volume 40
Staff Member, Volume 39
My name is Raymond Echevarria. I am from Roxboro, NC and I attended UNC Chapel Hill for undergrad where I majored in Political Science. I am currently a Notes and Comments Editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation. My first summer was spent as a Research Assistant to Professor Melissa B. Jacoby looking at bankruptcy court en banc decisions. The summer of 2014 I interned at the North Carolina National Guard JAG Corps office in Raleigh where I worked on a myriad of subjects relating to military law.
Australia’s new asylum policy aimed at cracking down on refugees
coming by boat has sparked much international controversy. Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott
recently introduced the new “military-led Operation Sovereign Borders.” This policy allows the Australian navy to turn
around any boat containing asylum seekers without giving them any chance of
having their refugee claims heard.
new policy made international headlines when a group of 56 asylum seekers from
Pakistan and Bangladesh were sent back to Indonesia by the Australian navy. The navy placed the refugees in an Australian
lifeboat near the Indonesian maritime border with a document stating they only
had enough fuel to make it back to Indonesia, and that any attempt to continue
their voyage towards Australia would be futile. The document went further to say that if the refugees
were to continue their voyage to Australia, then they would face harsh
penalties, including the possibility of jail.
| Posted by Raymond L. Echevarria (Ray) on Mon. February 10, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Australia, United Nations