Written by Staff Writer
18 Jun, 2016 | 9:20 pm
Indonesian authorities, on Saturday June 18, allowed a group of Sri Lankan illegal immigrants who were stranded off the coast of Ache to set foot on Indonesian soil. Women and children are among the 44 illegal migrants who were left stranded off the coast of Indonesia on June 11.
The illegal immigrants who were making their way to Australia suffered a technical failure in their vessel and were left stranded.Indonesian authorities did not allow the illegal immigrants to disembark from the vessel. Six women on board the vessel attempted to disembark, but turned back when authorities fired warning shots into the air.
Following mounting pressure by international human rights organisations, the Indonesian authorities decided today to allow these persons to disembark.According to foreign media reports, Indonesian police took steps to photograph the immigrants who were allowed to disembark, for “identification purposes.”
Sri Lankan ambassador to Indonesia Dharshana Perera noted that it is not yet clear whether the illegal immigrants were from Sri Lanka.He added that even though information has not come to light, steps have been taken to look into the health care facilities being provided to the illegal migrants.
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