Interivew: Paris Aristotle

Lateline (ABC) – 29 May 2015

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Paris Aristotle is a refugee advocate and CEO of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture.

As talks take place in Thailand on South East Asia’s migrant crisis, he tells Steve Cannane greater cooperation amongst regional countries is needed because no single country can deal with it on its own.

“For too long, Steve, there’s been a view, that to deal with people smuggling and to stop people drowning at sea you need to put in, primarily harsh deterrence measures in order to do that. I think, that you can still deal with people smuggling, which is a legitimate and important issue to deal with, while still treating people decently and humanely in the context of a international protection system. Now those two things aren’t mutually exclusive…” Paris Aristotle