Australia is bound by international law to protect asylum seekers: UNHCR

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Authorities in Australia are obliged under international law to protect asylum seekers.

That's according to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) which issued a statement in Geneva on Wednesday following a court ruling on Sri Lankans detained at sea.

Stephanie Castro reports.

The High Court of Australia ruled on 28 January that the detention of 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers at sea was permitted under the law.

The asylum seekers, who had left a port in southern India, were detained by Australian authorities on a ship for nearly a month in June last year.

The ship was then reportedly instructed by the government to return the asylum seekers to India but those efforts failed and they were eventually taken to Nauru.

UNHCR said it has followed with deep concern Australia's recent policies and practices of interception at sea, detention and removal of individuals who may be seeking protection.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

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