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Asylum somersaults

The Pravda daily wrote on November 12 that the legislation process in Robert Fico's Government resembles a situation where the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing.

The latest example is the changes to the Criminal Code proposed by Justice Minister Štefan Harabin, who wants to make it easier to repatriate asylum seekers, despite the fact that parliament is already debating new asylum legislation drawn up by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák.

The UN is concerned about Harabin's proposals, with representatives of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Slovakia claiming that they would violate international agreements, in particular the Geneva Convention.

Harabin claims the change is necessary because foreigners are abusing Slovakia's existing asylum law. TASR

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