Indonesia, Australia and Asylum Seekers

31 August 2012

Associate Professor Tim Stephens comments on the recent boat tragedy involving asylum seekers off the coast of Indonesia.

According to reports, more than 100 asylum seekers may have died and a search, co-ordinated by Indonesia, failed to locate the vessel and was eventually called offeven though a commercial vessel spotted six survivors in the search areaafterwards.

Speaking to Radio National, Associate Professor Stephens says we have to remember the capacity constraints that Indonesia is under.

"This is just one episode in a string of incidents that has occured over the last couple of years.

"It really highlights that Indonesia does not have the capacity to live up to its obligations under international law to rescue people in distress."

Listen to the entire interview - More Asylum Seekers Feared Drowned - Radio National

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