Monthly Archives: April 2016

The illegal send-off

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Incidents of human smuggling in Sri Lanka took a new dimension, with the detection of three women who attempted to leave the country disguised as members of the Salvation Army. The culprit behind the scam is allegedly an unscrupulous labour recruitment sub agent, who is still at large.

The three women, from Nuwara Eliya and its suburbs, have identified the sub agent, during the preliminary investigations by the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE). The three women were detected at the Bandaranaike International Airport when they were questioned by SLBFE officials. Continue reading

No More Boat People: Australian border official

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Subsequent to the introduction of a new initiative, no Sri Lankan boat carrying undocumented persons have reached Australia, says Major General Andrew Bottrell, Commander of Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), the military- led border security initiative of the Australian Government.

During his visit to Sri Lanka last week, OSB Commander in his single English language interview to the Sri Lankan media, told the Sunday Observer that many conditions have changed in Sri Lanka, thus reducing the number of Sri Lankans boats being intercepted.

He added that Australia fully supported Sri Lankan’s resettlement initiative and therefore has invested Australian $250 million to assist post war reintegration initiatives. Continue reading