The federal government has announced that more than 3,400 Myanmar citizens with temporary visas will be able to apply for an extension of their stay in Australia while the violence in their country continues.
The junta ruled the country’s government more than three months ago, prompting widespread arrests and anti-coup protests across Southeast Asian countries.
Announcing the change on Wednesday, the government said people in this situation could take advantage of various options, such as extending their current visa or issuing a new visa if the previous category was no longer appropriate. I did.
They said in a statement that the Home Office would provide affected visa holders with advice on how to “stay legal” in Australia.
Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said the decision would allow Myanmar citizens to stay in Australia “until they can safely return home.”
“These arrangements will help Australia’s Myanmar people affected by ongoing unrest in Myanmar, in line with Australia’s international obligations,” he said.
“Australia continues to urge Myanmar security forces to use detention, refrain from violence against civilians, release arbitrarily detained people, and engage in dialogue.”
The Home Office reportedly addressed at least 22 relatives of Myanmar’s junta in Australia, fearing they might have assets or financial support after the coup. The investigation has started. Nine newspapers reported on Wednesday..
More than 760 civilians have been killed by security forces since the beginning of the turmoil, according to the Political Prisoners Support Association.
This figure is being argued by military junta, who claims that 24 police and soldiers have died in protest.
On Tuesday, local media reported that five people, including an exiled politician and three police officers who participated in a campaign against the junta, were killed by at least one letter bomb.
The country’s democratically elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been detained since the February 1 coup.