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Australia denies "offensive" accusations Sri Lanka asylum seekers ill-treated

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 19:27

Australia on Wednesday rejected accusations of mistreatment by Sri Lankan asylum seekers returned to the island nation, saying the move sent a strong message to those thinking of following in their footsteps.

Australian PM says won`t bow to `moral blackmail` over asylum seekers

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 09, 2014, 15:44

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Wednesday vowed not to bow to "moral blackmail" following reports of suicide bids by female asylum seekers at a detention centre on Christmas Island. 

Australia admits Sri Lankan asylum-seekers in custody

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 17:10

Australian government lawyers Tuesday said 153 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers were in custody on the high seas and agreed to give three days` notice before handing any back to Colombo, as criticism mounted.

Australia promises to give 72 hours notice before returning asylum seekers

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 11:54

Australia promised on Tuesday not to return a boatload of asylum seekers to Sri Lanka without providing 72 hours notice, a move hailed by human rights lawyers as a minor victory in a case that has raise concerns about the country`s tough immigration policy.

Australia braces for court decision on asylum-seekers

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 08:52

The High Court will hear an application Tuesday to prevent Australia from handing back a boatload of 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka as criticism over the government`s hardline policy mounted.

Asylum-seeking Congolese sent to Kinshasa: Dutch lawyer

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 15:54

Three Congolese witnesses formerly detained by the International Criminal Court has been returned to Kinshasa after failed asylum bids in the Netherlands, their lawyer said on Monday.

Asylum-seeker sues Australia after losing eye

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 01, 2014, 09:36

An asylum-seeker who lost his eye during a riot at an Australian immigration detention centre in Papua New Guinea sued the government and British security firm G4S Tuesday for compensation.

Australian activists say asylum-seeker boat in trouble

Last Updated: Saturday, June 28, 2014, 09:55

Refugee campaigners said Saturday that a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers was in trouble off a remote Australian island, but the government said there were no significant incidents at sea to report.

Dozens of foreign diplomats seek asylum in Canada: Media

Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014, 23:16

Dozens of foreign diplomats have requested asylum in Canada, the daily French-language newspaper La Presse reported Friday, citing secret government documents.

Australia plans more tough asylum-seeker reforms

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 17:25

Australia announced further tough reforms to its asylum-seeker policy on Wednesday, saying refugees should have to prove a higher risk of danger than before to avoid being sent home.

Another Tamil asylum-seeker sets himself alight in Australia

Last Updated: Sunday, June 22, 2014, 16:08

A 40-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker in Australia has set himself on fire fearing deportation, the third such incident in the country battling exodus of refugees trying to sneak in illegally.

Australia offers asylum-seekers $10k to return home

Last Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 11:07

Australia is offering asylum-seekers in its Pacific immigration camps up to $10,000 (US$9,400) if they voluntarily return to their home country, a report said Saturday, prompting outrage from refugee campaigners.