153 Sri Lankan Tamil asylum seekers, men, women and children on a 21m long boat were last in contact with Refugee advocates in Australia on 28 June 2014 after it arrived in Australian waters as well as the possibility of another boat load of 50 whose whereabouts are also unknown.
To date the Australian Minister of Immigration and Border protection, Mr. Scott Morrison, and the Prime Minister Tony Abbott have refused to reveal what has happened to these asylum seekers.
However since Tuesday 1 July 2014 there are disturbing reports that the Australian government has loaded them onto an Australian customs vessel and is planning to handover the asylum seekers mid-ocean to the Sri Lankan Navy, directly into the hands of their persecutors. The Australian government still refuses to confirm to NGOs and the media if this has happened.
Looking at the number of calendar days since the news was first reported, it is likely that the asylum seekers would now be in international waters. In fact news reports yesterday (http://www.theage.com.au/comment/silence-on-missing-asylum-seeker-boat-a-disgrace-to-the-nation-20140702-zstko.html) also say they are likely to have been transferred to the Sri Lankan navy on international waters by now.
Representations have been made to the UN but as well we need to put pressure on Australian MP’s.
Will you please use the attached list of MPS (some or all) to object to what is happening. Will you also please sign petition and get the petition around to as many other people as possible
Please also fill out the petition below, calling on the Opposition to intervene.