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Deported Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Speak of Mistreatment by Australian Authorities

Written by Rezwan On 9 July 2014 @ 11:45 am | No Comments

In Australia, English, Governance, Human Rights, Humanitarian Response, International Relations, Law, Politics, Quick Reads, South Asia, Sri Lanka

Thirty seven Sinhalese and four Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka sailed in a boat towards Australia and were intercepted west of the Cocos Island [1] late last month by Australian authorities. They were returned to Sri Lanka [2], their point of origin, and they appeared in a court in the country's southwest yesterday.

Journalist Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai reports [3] that the Sri Lankan deportees claimed that they were mistreated. He also tweeted [4] (@DushiYanthini) photos and news from the ground:

Citizen journalism site Groundviews also commented:

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[1] were intercepted west of the Cocos Island: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/first-asylum-seeker-boat-returned-to-country-of-origin-with-australian-navy-frigate-guiding-vessel-back-to-sri-lanka/story-fni0cx12-1226979761658?nk=b0568b8a4f17fd53207f72270ca82af3

[2] returned to Sri Lanka: http://dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/31631

[3] reports: http://www.aa.com.tr/en/s/355947--sri-lankan-deportees-claim-australia-mistreatment

[4] tweeted: https://twitter.com/DushiYanthini

[5] #SriLanka: https://twitter.com/hashtag/SriLanka?src=hash

[6] #LKA: https://twitter.com/hashtag/LKA?src=hash

[7] pic.twitter.com/vV59p27N78: http://t.co/vV59p27N78

[8] July 8, 2014: https://twitter.com/DushiYanthini/statuses/486570540010704896

[9] #Australia: https://twitter.com/hashtag/Australia?src=hash

[10] #srilanka: https://twitter.com/hashtag/srilanka?src=hash

[11] http://t.co/MQayLkuVe0: http://t.co/MQayLkuVe0

[12] #lka: https://twitter.com/hashtag/lka?src=hash

[13] July 9, 2014: https://twitter.com/groundviews/statuses/486765975966973952

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