'Don't come back' Aust navy tells Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Secret interviews with asylum seekers being held in Indonesia appear to confirm allegations that people smugglers were paid to turn back while trying to reach Australia.

The claims first surfaced in an Amnesty International report last year involving a boat believed to be heading to New Zealand.

Two young Sri Lankan parents, who risked a dangerous high seas journey to escape conflict, say the Australian Navy gave them a message while allegedly paying off the people smugglers to turn back. 

Kandiah Kayuran and his family risked a dangerous high sea journey to escape conflict in Sri Lanka. Source: 1 NEWS

Parent Kandiah Kayuran said the message was, "don't come back this way, go and die" and he said, "were left like that".

British journalist Phil Miller secretly interviewed the couple and others being held at an Indonesian detention centre in Kupang City, West Timor.

Most of them have applied for asylum and are hoping for a new life in New Zealand, but the process could take years.

"This boat hit a reef off an island off Indonesia and sank. Fortunately they were rescued by local Indonesian fishermen," Mr Miller said.

Australia is seeking a place on the UN’s Human Rights Council, but has received a four hour grilling from the group. Source: 1 NEWS

Mr Miller says conditions at the West Timor camp are dismal and there are half a dozen children including Mr Kayuran's six-week-old girl there.

The Prime Minister says he hasn't discussed how Australia turns back people smugglers. 

But Grant Bayldon of Amnesty International says,"if there are trans-national crimes going on here, which is what the evidence suggests, then that's a issue for New Zealand".

John Key is meeting his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Friday but this issue won't be on the formal agenda.

Kiwi rights in Australia tipped to dominate Key-Turnbull talks

Prime Minister John Key will head to Australia on Thursday for talks with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

Mr Key will be accompanied on the visit by a large contingent of business leaders.  

Australia’s new policy on deportations, along with the long-standing issue of citizenship rights for Kiwis living in Australia, are likely to dominate discussions. 

Talks will also focus on the joint training operation being carried out by New Zealand and Australian troops at Camp Taji in Iraq. 

John Key met with his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull, with the rights of Kiwis across the Tasman high on the agenda.
Source: 1 NEWS


Syrian man films rockets raining down on him - then can't escape detonation

Raw video filmed on a Syrian battlefield shows the violence and destructive power of an airstrike as the cameraman records the exploding rockets just metres from his position.

The video was posted to YouTube yesterday, and reportedly shows an Assad regime attack on the town of Darayya, according to Nine News.

An attack helicopter, filmed overhead of the the ravaged town, can be seen releasing four rockets which scream towards the ground and explode on impact.

The video of the airstrike comes after several powers fighting in the Syrian civil war agreed to a limited ceasefire by the end of the week.