Australian court rules detention of 157 asylum seekers was lawful

Australian court rules detention of 157 asylum seekers was lawful

Written by Bella Dalima

28 Jan, 2015 | 3:17 pm

Australia’s highest court ruled on Wednesday that the Australian Government’s detention of 157 asylum seekers who are believed to be of Sri Lankan origin, on the high seas outside its territorial waters was lawful, a win for the Government’s controversial immigration policies.

The High Court ruling means the group of 157 refugees, including 50 children, are not entitled to seek compensation after they were held on an Australian customs ship for almost a month last June.

The decision comes after the Australian government introduced revisions to its immigration laws in December that give it almost unchecked powers to deal with asylum seekers, a move that has concerned human rights advocates.

 

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