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The Space Between The Laws: Life for Sri Lankans who seek Asylum in Australia

By Kirsty Anantharajah,

RegNet, ANU[1]

When liberties are taken away and when democratic institutions die, is it even worse than human beings dying? …when institutions die, people end up living as if they were dead.[2]

In 2014, a boat carrying 157 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who had been living in limbo in India was intercepted near the coast of Christmas Island, Australia. The asylum seekers were transferred to an Australian customs boat where they were detained at sea for a month. Continue Reading →