A total numberof 108 Pakistani citizens have been deported since the beginning of August, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), media reports said.
UN Special Rapporteurs on minority issues, Rita Izsak, and on freedom of religion and belief, HeinerBielefeldt expressed grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years.
‘States must guarantee that every single asylum claim is individually assessed with due process and in line with international law,’ according to a statement issued by MsIzsakand Bielefeldt stated.
They called on the Government of Sri Lanka to comply with the principle of non-refoulement (no-forced-returns) when there is a credible potential threat against an individual and to stop the deportations immediately in order to allow the completion of the entire asylum claim process.
‘Most asylum seekers from Pakistan belong to religious minorities, including Ahmadiyya Muslim, Christian and Shia, groups that are often subjected to persecution, discrimination and violence in Pakistan,’ MsIzsak said. ‘Many of them are being deported despite being registered with UNHCR and having their first instance interviews still pending.’
According to UNHCR, returning an individual to a country where he or she would face a risk of torture is also prohibited under the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The agency has also appealed to the Sri Lankan authorities to uphold their responsibilities under international law and ensure full respect for the rights of people in need of international protection. The rapporteurs hope the Government of Sri Lanka will collaborate with the UN Refugees Agency in its work to guarantee the rights of asylum seekers, and avoid any actions that could lead to possible tragic consequences, according to the statement.
Comments - 7
Public Friday, 15 August 2014 08:54 AM
I am sure UN would find a better place for them.
rw Friday, 15 August 2014 02:35 PM
good work .fishing is not a crime .only they have stolen from natural which we say its ours via DM Android App
Shehan Cooray Friday, 15 August 2014 09:29 AM
Good move to keep the youth and people safe from deadly drug addictions and religious terrorism!!
Immigrant Friday, 15 August 2014 04:33 PM
The deportees may now be dead. via DM iPad app
SL Friday, 15 August 2014 11:13 AM
we always had sympathy towards other ,but once they get them in to a position they forget everything and start bashing the very people who let them to stay and build up the families in our country ..we do not want any more troubles because of our sympathy toward some one else issues. we have enough .We need them to go .
Horse Friday, 15 August 2014 11:30 AM
Please send those illegal Indians too.
ha ha ha......... Friday, 15 August 2014 05:08 PM
people who much concern about gaza never speak a word about theae muslims....in pakistan iraq they are killing cristians and force them to convert is diz the allahs wish........ via DM Android App
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