UNHCR accuses Australia of breaking international law

“Australia has been accused of breaking international law and violating the refugee convention after returning a group of 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who attempted to reach the country by boat directly into the hands of the Sri Lankan navy.

The UN refugee agency, UNHCR, said in a statement that it was deeply concerned about the transfer, which took place on Sunday just off the coast of Sri Lanka. It comes amid a crackdown by the Australian government on asylum seekers who attempt to reach Australia by boat.”

Click here to read about the accusation in the Guardian.

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