Operation Sovereign Borders - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Operation Sovereign Borders


Australia declares game-up for 'fake refugees'

May 21, 2017 - 12:55 PM

UPDATED Refugee advocates say the Australian government has sunk to an impossible new low with the decision

Boatpeople face lifetime ban from Australia

Oct 30, 2016 - 11:52 AM

UPDATED Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says it is necessary to send an absolutely unflinching unequivocal message that boatpeople will never be allowed in Australia

THE UNWANTED. Australia has faced criticism in the past over its policies against asylum seekers arriving by boat. In this photo, a Rohingya migrant eats food dropped by a Thai army helicopter on May 14, 2015. Photo by Christophe Archambault / AFP

'Australia paid boatpeople to return to Indonesia': Amnesty

Oct 29, 2015 - 12:26 PM

The rights group claimed to have evidence Australian officials were involved in transnational crime and had abused asylum seekers

BOAT PEOPLE. A child cries at the refugee camp for Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants in Kuala Langsa, Aceh, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Jun Ha/EPA

Australia hails 'extraordinary' success halting boatpeople

Sep 10, 2014 - 1:51 PM

This comes just days after the United Nations new human rights chief said Australia s treatment of asylum seekers was leading to a chain of human rights violations

This handout picture released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and taken by the MV Bison shortly after arriving on the scene on June 27, 2012, shows a boat carrying asylum seekers off the north coast of Australia, prior to it capsizing 107 nautical miles north of Christmas Island. MV Bison/Australian Maritime Safety Authority/File/AFP

Australia vows no more intrusions in Indonesian waters

Jan 18, 2014 - 2:02 PM

Australia s new conservative government has re introduced a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats when it is safe to do so

INTRUSIONS. Agus Barnas (C), spokesman of coordinating ministry for political, legal and security affairs delivers a press conference in Jakarta on January 17, 2014. Photo by Oscar Siagian/AFP

Australia sorry for Indonesia intrusion but vows to stop boats

Jan 17, 2014 - 8:01 AM

The Australian government received information Wednesday that its authorities had inadvertently entered Indonesian waters several times

APOLOGIES. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison at a press conference in Sydney on September 30, 2013. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia turns back asylum-seeker boat – report

Jan 07, 2014 - 10:27 AM

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation says a vessel carrying about 47 people mostly from Sudan and Somalia was forced back to Indonesian waters in mid December and later ran out of fuel

HOT. Noting the warmest year ever in recorded Australian history, scientists say this should be of concern.

Australia boat arrivals slow as Indonesia arrests smugglers

Oct 11, 2013 - 2:58 PM

Under Operation Sovereign Borders a sharp reduction in Australian bound asylum seeking boat interceptions looks to have occurred

STOP THE BOATS. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott says his policies to stop people-smuggling into Australia are working. AFP / Saeed Khan