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The foreign minister of Australia says officials are using every opportunity to advocate for the release of Australian professor and economist, Sean Turnell, who was detained in Myanmar last year following the February 1, 2021 military coup. Foreign Minister Marise Payne released a statement yesterday calling on the “immediate release” of Turnell, saying his detention “unjust.” Professor Turnell’s detention is unjust, and we reject the allegations against him… We once again call for Professor Turnell’s immediate release so that he can return to Australia to be with his family and for his rights and welfare to be upheld. The arrest of […]

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Turnell, an economics professor at Macquarie University in Sydney and advisor to deposed civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is perhaps considered a foreign spy in Myanmar.

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