Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Asylum Seekers: Australia - returned Sri Lankan asylum seekers killed, jailed

Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) - Michael Vincent

Refugee advocates say at least nine asylum seekers returned to Sri Lanka by the Howard government were killed and those sent back in past year have been held in police custody and some assaulted.

Immigration Minister Chris Evans says the Federal Government has a "major problem" returning asylum seekers who have been involved with the Tamil Tigers.

Phil Glendenning, the director of the Catholic Church's Edmund Rice Centre, has recently returned from Sri Lanka and says the country is in danger of becoming a police state.

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