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 Australian government has
admitted that they are detaining the 153 people at sea.
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. Read More