Australian Navy told Lankan asylum seekers to go and die

asylumThe Australian Navy had told Sri Lankan asylum seekers to go and die after they were turned back at sea.

Secret interviews with asylum seekers being held in Indonesia appear to confirm allegations that people smugglers were paid to turn back while trying to reach Australia, Tvnz.co.nz reported.

The claims first surfaced in an Amnesty International report last year involving a boat believed to be heading to New Zealand.

Two young Sri Lankan parents, who risked a dangerous high seas journey to escape conflict, say the Australian Navy gave them a message while allegedly paying off the people smugglers to turn back.

Parent Kandiah Kayuran said the message was, “don’t come back this way, go and die” and he said, “were left like that”.

British journalist Phil Miller secretly interviewed the couple and others being held at an Indonesian detention centre in Kupang City, West Timor.

Most of them have applied for asylum and are hoping for a new life in New Zealand, but the process could take years.

“This boat hit a reef off an island off Indonesia and sank. Fortunately they were rescued by local Indonesian fishermen,” Mr Miller said.

Mr Miller says conditions at the West Timor camp are dismal and there are half a dozen children including Mr Kayuran’s six-week-old girl there.

The Prime Minister says he hasn’t discussed how Australia turns back people smugglers.
But Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International says,”if there are trans-national crimes going on here, which is what the evidence suggests, then that’s a issue for New Zealand”.

John Key is meeting his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Friday but this issue won’t be on the formal agenda. (Colombo Gazette)

3 COMMENTS

  1. Why Sri Lankan asylum seekers coming to australia? These are Tamil Tiger Terrorists and their paid relatives, not any kind of people with death threats. Australia should chase them away before they destroy Australia in the same way they ruined Sri Lanka. Many Tamil Terrorists are already in Australian workforce using fake names and fake educational certificates so Australian Government should ask for community to provide information on these ‘treats’ so Australia will be a safe country in future.

  2. “Australian Navy told Lankan asylum seekers to go and die.”

    Tamils made this situation for themselves. They joined with India and took arms against Sinhalese; then joined with the West and turned against Indians as well. Tamils don’t know what they are doing, because they don’t respect or value their intellectuals. Tamils can’t move forward until they change. Sinhalese are changing; but Tamils are not seeing their weaknesses. This shows the bad leadership of local and diaspora leaders. After so many years the government has allowed to sing National Anthem in Tamil; but what Tamils have done something significant to move forward. Jaffna University runs by Sinhalese tax payers. But how many Tamil lecturers and students say a good thing about the Sinhalese people’s generosity. Sri Lanka is in a strategic location in the Indian Ocean. If the leaders were smart enough they could have developed the country. If the leaders done the smart things; we can all travel to any country freely as Singaporeans; instead of fleeing as refugees then getting kicked out.

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