Government could be breaking international law: Burnside

Government could be breaking international law: Burnside

A lawyer and a human rights advocate have warned the Australian government it could be breaching international law if it is assessing asylum seekers’ claims at sea.

It comes as reports suggest a Sri Lankan naval official has confirmed some hopeful refugees will be transferred into Sri Lankan custody at sea, after being asked just four basic questions.

Fairfax media is reporting today asylum seekers are being asked their name, country of origin, where they have come from and why they have left.

But Human Rights lawyer Julian Burnside says the method could mean the government is guilty of refoulement.

Meanwhile, Director of Human Rights Watch Elaine Pearson has also questioned the practice.

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