A man addresses the crowd at a rally protesting the Australian government's treatment of Sri Lankan asylum-seekers in Sydney July 7, 2014. (AFP Photo/William West)
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A High Court barred Australia Monday from handing back a boat carrying 153 asylum-seekers to Sri Lanka, a day after Canberra returned another vessel to Colombo following a week of secrecy.Concern had been mounting over the fate of two boats reportedly intercepted by the Australian navy in Australian waters late last month.After a week of stonewalling, Canberra confirmed earlier Monday that one boatload of 41 Sri Lankans who attempted to reach Australia were handed back to Colombo Sunday.Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has yet to comment on the injunction, but the government has said it was abiding by international law.The asylum-seekers on the second boat reportedly fled Sri Lanka to a refugee camp in India before heading to Australia.
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