Compelling news from the refugee and migrant sector
Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Court to rule on intercepting and transferring asylum seekers at sea (The Conversation)

18 July 20140 comments

Lawyers for 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers on a boat intercepted by the Australian government applied for a full bench of the High Court to hear its case on August 5 at a directions hearing on Friday.

Whereas normally such asylum seekers are taken ashore to be processed, these people have been detained on a customs vessel in what are reportedly prison-like conditions. The government’s lawyers told the High Court today the asylum seekers will remain on the vessel until the case is resolved.

Read more: