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    Posted on 7 Jul 2014

    153 Disappeared Sri Lankan Asylum Seekers Still In Limbo

    Horror on the high seas. High Court steps in.

    17:00 AEST UPDATE: Asylum seekers given reprieve of at least 72 hours before they face being handed to the Sri Lankan government.

    The government has told the High Court it will not return asylum seekers without 72 hours notice. Hearing is adjourned until Friday.

    The asylum seekers are now in legal limbo.

    "Govt lawyers say therefore the asylum seekers have no right to asylum in Oz They're now on the "high seas" on customs vessel #hcchallenge"

    Alexander White@alexanderwhite

    "Govt lawyers say therefore the asylum seekers have no right to asylum in Oz They're now on the "high seas" on customs vessel #hcchallenge"

    3:44 PM - 08 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Theoretically they could be at sea for up to 21 days.

    Adjourned. There'll be a Directions Hearing within 21 days. The asylum seekers could be on the high seas for that time #hcchallenge

    Jessica Longbottom@Jess_Longbottom

    Adjourned. There'll be a Directions Hearing within 21 days. The asylum seekers could be on the high seas for that time #hcchallenge

    4:16 PM - 08 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    Overnight, Australian refugee lawyers launched a spectacular last ditch appeal for 153 asylum seekers "whose precise location is unknown", set to be sent back to Sri Lanka.

    ABC Lateline

    The High Court will decide this afternoon whether returning the Sri Lankan and Tamil asylum seekers violates Australia's legal obligations.

    High Court Australia

    The case of the "disappeared" has fired up progressives in Australia... including lobby group GetUp! who filmed a former Sri Lankan asylum seeker pleading with Immigration Minister Scott Morrison not to send them back.

    View this video on YouTube

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    And others people have reacted with disappointment...

    The owl and the pussycat, with apologies.

    Mostly by pinning the blame on the Immigration Minister.

    Scott Morrison hates the bit in Sound of Music where the Von Trapps flee to safety.

    Tom Gleeson@nonstoptom

    Scott Morrison hates the bit in Sound of Music where the Von Trapps flee to safety.

    1:58 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

    And now the world is watching Melbourne, where the High Court hearing starts at 2pm AEST

    Australia's treatment of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on front page of UK Guardian tomorrow:

    Oliver Laughland@oliverlaughland

    Australia's treatment of Sri Lankan asylum seekers on front page of UK Guardian tomorrow:

    8:49 AM - 08 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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