Australia`s human rights commissioner on Thursday said conditions at an asylum-seeker camp on Christmas Island have "significantly deteriorated" with children plagued by despair and suffering symptoms consistent with post-traumatic stress disorder.
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.
The Australian government has been sued by the relatives of asylum seekers which were killed in a shipwreck off Christmas Island in 2010.
Asylum-seekers, who washed ashore in Indonesia, have claimed the Australian Navy blew up their vessel after forcing the would-be refugees into a lifeboat and turning them back to Java, police said.
Australia said on Saturday it will take a boatload of asylum-seekers at the centre of a high-seas stand-off with Indonesia to its Indian Ocean outpost of Christmas Island.
Five people are feared dead and over 100 asylum seekers were rescued on Tuesday by Australian authorities from their boat which capsized off Christmas Island.
At least 13 people were dead after an asylum seekers` boat sank near Christmas Island off Western Australia, Australian Home Affair Minister Jason Clare said Sunday.
An asylum-seeker boat carrying at least 95 people on Monday capsized off near Christmas Island leaving two people dead and two critically injured.
Australian authorities have intercepted another boat carrying 65 suspected asylum seekers off the West Australian coast.
Australia is struggling to deal with a steady influx of asylum-seekers, many of whom use Indonesia as a transit hub.
Boat arrivals are currently sent to Christmas Island to have their asylum claims assessed.
Over 120 people were rescued when a ship carrying around 150 people capsized north of Christmas Island in the waters between Australia and Indonesia.
The Indonesian fishing boat was carrying around 200 males seeking asylum in Australia.
Australian authorities earlier claimed that a boat with some 200 asylum seekers had originated from Sri Lanka.
An Australian minister said the official number of survivors from the capsized asylum seeker boat has been revised down to 109.
Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean, is closer to Indonesia than to the Australian mainland.
A boat carrying around 200 asylum seekers has overturned about 120 nautical miles north of Christmas Island.
The suspected asylum seekers are being transferred to the Christmas Island for security and health checks.
Australia`s troubled Christmas Island detention centre has been hit by more unrest.
A refugee boat was wrecked in heavy seas off Australia last week.
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