13 Feb 2017

UN in contact with PNG over refugee's welfare

From , 6:03 am on 13 February 2017

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says it's in contact with Papua New Guinean authorities over the welfare of an Iranian refugee, Loghman Sawari.

That comes after the Fiji Government forcibly deported Mr Sawari back to PNG earlier this month, after he fled to Fiji on a false passport.

In a statement, Fiji's Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said he had been advised by the UNHCR over Mr Sawari's refugee status.

A spokesperson for the UNHCR, Catherine Stubberfield, spoke to Amelia Langford about the  agency's concerns for Mr Sawari.

Loghman Sawari in Fiji.

Loghman Sawari in Fiji. Photo: Behrouz Boochani