A Tamil family of four — including 2 Australian-born toddlers — were transferred to a remote island off the coast of Indonesia, even though a court order blocking deportation, their attorney said Saturday.
The household — who are struggling to stay in Australia since they fear persecution in Sri Lanka — have been transferred to Christmas Island detention center immediately, attorney Carina Ford stated, talking in Melbourne. The detention center there’d been shut for many years.
“I do not understand the rationale,” Ford said, adding that it made decent legal representation more challenging. “The family are desperate.” The household’s case has turned into a new flashpoint within the Australian government’s hardline immigration policies, including turning away refugees coming by ship and de facto overseas detention, both steps condemned by the United Nations.
The household’s neighbors from rural Queensland have campaigned to allow them to remain.
The department of home affairs and ministry Peter Dutton’s office didn’t respond to request for comment.
Dutton had previously ordered the family to be shipped to Sri Lanka however a dramatic call from a judge grounded the aircraft that they had been traveling before it abandoned Australian airspace.
The 2 women, Kopika, aged four, and Tharunicca, old two, have been created in Australia but don’t have citizenship. They’ve not been to Sri Lanka.