Refugees on High Seas Arrested

Could someone who reports in the media please explain to the ordinary citizen how it is that our agencies can arrest purported asylum seekers on vessels on the high seas? Whatever happened to the three mile, or should that be 12 nm, limit of our territorial sea? These people are not even alleged to be infringing on our economic resources inside the greater economic resource zone. Indeed, some arrested as they “did not hold visas” had made “no claims for protection”. So they are not even asylum seekers. If, as they are allegedly hijackers, they are deemed pirates then how can we not justify a charge on that basis brought here and determined in an international court of justice? There is clearly a risk that the allegation is politically inspired in the vengeful aftermath of a recent civil war – so how dare we send them back to the winning protagonist in that conflict?

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About adelaidepete

Now live in Adelaide South Australia and have always worked in Systems & Software Engineering. I am enjoying commenting on, suggesting and discussing innovative solutions to problems and useful risk mitigation strategies and recently interested in the realm of public policy re urban planning & disasters - the focus of this blog. I am interested in technology, gadgetry, enhancing productivity & functionality, urban planning, military thinking and public policy. I enjoyed periods I spent in USA (Reston, Virginia Beach & Dallas) & Europe (Germany, Spain, Italy & Greece) but genuinely love Australia, most people, animals, singing, dancing & life.
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