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Australia: Handover of Sri Lankan asylum seekers a dangerous precedent

08 July 2014 The proposed handover of 153 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka's Navy would put Australia in blatant breach of international law and set a dangerous precedent, said Amnesty International. A hearing at the High Court in Melbourne on Tuesday has put the transfer in doubt, after an application was brought on behalf of the asylum seekers that were recently intercepted by the Australian Navy on their way from India.  On Sunday, Australia returned 41 aslyum seekers, that had tried to reach the country, to Sri Lanka's Navy.“The decision that the whole High Court will hear the challenge…

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