28 April 2013
The Australian government repatriated a further 25 people to the island of Sri Lanka today, bringing the total to 1000.
Australian Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Brendan O'Connor, was quoted as saying,
"Returning this group to Sri Lanka sends the powerful message that people who pay smuggles are throwing their money away and risking their lives in the process."
Australia is working closely with the Sri Lankan navy to monitor and prevent people from leaving the island of Sri Lanka.
The most recent cases of repatriation, comes amidst further evidence of the torture of people repatriated to Sri Lanka.
We need your support
Sri Lanka is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist. Tamil journalists are particularly at threat, with at least 41 media workers known to have been killed by the Sri Lankan state or its paramilitaries during and after the armed conflict.
Despite the risks, our team on the ground remain committed to providing detailed and accurate reporting of developments in the Tamil homeland, across the island and around the world, as well as providing expert analysis and insight from the Tamil point of view
We need your support in keeping our journalism going. Support our work today.
For more ways to donate visit https://donate.tamilguardian.com.