Welcome reports that 157 asylum seekers currently detained on the high seas will be brought to Australian territory
25 July 2014
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed reports that the Australian customs vessel carrying 157 Tamil asylum seekers is on its way to Australian territory.
Hugh de Kretser, the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre which has been working with Shine Lawyers and the legal team representing the asylum seekers in their High Court challenge, welcomed the reports.
“This means the worst fears of our clients have been avoided for the time being and they will be extremely relieved. However many serious questions remain. The legal team is currently assessing the impact of these developments on the case,” said Mr de Kretser.
17 July 2014
The HRLC has taken a range of urgent steps to prevent Sri Lankan asylum seekers being handed over to the very regime they claim to be fleeing.
It’s a violation of Sri Lanka’s migration law to leave the country unofficially. Most of the asylum seekers Australia is returning to Sri Lanka’s navy will be charged – or worse, writes the HRLC’s Emily Howie.
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