On June 28, a boat traveling from India carrying 153 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers contacted journalists in Australia to say they were nearing a remote Australian territory. The boat was intercepted by the Australian navy. The asylum-seekers were held at sea and later transferred to the Australian-run processing center on the island state of Nauru.
The asylum-seekers are believed to include mostly Tamils, who are at risk of torture upon return to Sri Lanka because of suspected links to the opposition Tamil Tigers.
Ask the Australian government to immediately halt any transfer of asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka who have not had a full, impartial procedure for determining their need for international protection.