Australia sends asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka

July 7, 2014 9:10 AM

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Australia sends asylum seekers back to Sri Lanka

The Australian government has confirmed it has returned a boatload of refugees to Sri Lanka, outraging human rights groups. The asylum seekers include Tamils, who fear reprisals at home.

In a statement issued on Monday, Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said 41 Sri Lankan asylum seekers traveling by boat had been returned to their home country on Sunday after their refugee claims had been assessed at sea and rejected.

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