Boat with 44 Sri Lankans anchored off Indonesia coast

Boat with 44 Sri Lankans anchored off Indonesia coast

Boat with 44 Sri Lankans anchored off Indonesia coast

Written by Lahiru Fernando

17 Jun, 2016 | 10:39 pm

A boat carrying the 44 alleged illegal Sri Lankan immigrants to Australia has suffered a technical failure and had been anchored off the coast of Indonesia since June 11.

When the immigrants aboard the vessel disembarked from their boat, Indonesian authorities had fired a warning shot into the air as the immigrants had defied the orders given by the authorities to not do so.

Though the Indonesian immigration authorities provided food and other facilities to the group, they refused to allow the Sri Lankans to disembark from the boat.

Five women attempted to disembark from the vessel but their attempts were foiled by Indonesian authorities. The five women had earlier pleaded to be allowed to disembark because of an ailing child.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International had requested Indonesia to permit the group of illegal migrants to enter the country. However, the request had been turned down.

Although Indonesian security forces have assisted in the repairs of the boat, rough weather has prevented the vessel from continuing the journey.

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