Sri Lanka Navy Detains Boat With Rohingya Refugees

Sri Lanka’s navy intercepted a boat carrying 30 Rohingya refugees, who had been living in India and two suspected Indian traffickers after they tried to enter the country illegally. 

Police spokesman, Priyantha Jayakody said, the island nation’s navy and coastguard stopped the boat and its human cargo, which included 16 children, off Sri Lanka’s northern shores on Sunday. 

He added the 30 Rohingyas who had been living in India for five years and the two suspected traffickers appeared before the magistrate on Monday and were remanded until Tuesday.

According to a local human rights official, the refugees planned final destination had reportedly been Australia.


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