ECtHR tells France to postpone expulsion of a Tamil

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The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has invoked on Thursday article 39 of its Rules indicating an interim measure in a case involving the expulsion of a Tamil from France. The request for an interim measure means that Paris will have to refrain from expelling the man until the judgment becomes final or until further order.

The case deals with the claims of an applicant of a Tamil ethnic origin, originally coming from Batticaloa (Sri Lanka), who claims he had been persecuted by the Sri Lankan authorities because of his origin and his political activities in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

He furthers alleges that while being the treasurer of a trade union, he paid part of its assets to the LTTE and following a complaint by one of his colleagues was arrested by the authorities.

Fearing for his life, he decided to leave Sri Lanka and travel to France where arrived and applied for asylum in 2011. A little before the French Agency for the Protection of Refugees and Stateless Persons (OFPRA) rejected his asylum application later the same year, the Tamil turned to the Strasbourg-based court to request an interim measure, or in other words a legal halt to the expulsion. He argues that the enforcement of the order for his removal from French territory would place him at risk of treatment contrary to the European provision prohibiting torture.

Apparently, the court considers that the man would be in danger, if returned because on 19 September requested France to postpone the expulsion of the Tamil and warned that if the man were returned to Sri Lanka, this would constitute a violation of the provisions prohibiting torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.

Four years ago, the government and the military crushed separatist Tamil rebels and ended a 26-year war.  (New Europe)
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  • Suq Madique Saturday, 21 September 2013 11:29 AM

    RH...to us he's a terrorist but to the tamils he's a freedom fighter who killed unarmed civilians including kids.

    Rata Haraka Saturday, 21 September 2013 07:05 AM

    He should be arrested immediately, for supporting an internationally proscribed terrorist organization. By supporting the LTTE, he wasn't involved in 'political' activities, he was involved in supporting terrorism.

    Sonali de Silva Saturday, 21 September 2013 02:45 AM

    If KP is running around free and Karuna is in the govt what has he to fear about. In comparison he is only a sprat. Nobody catches sprats when bigger fish are available.

    Suq Madique Saturday, 21 September 2013 02:55 AM

    Another opportunist falsely condemning his motherland for the sake of gaining asylum?

    Nodrog Saturday, 21 September 2013 05:10 AM

    Please keep him there. Thanks.

    Ricky Saturday, 21 September 2013 10:58 AM

    I think that's the best action to keep the terrorist in France. Pease let the evil be there.

    That is Funny Saturday, 21 September 2013 06:32 AM

    Terrorist is seeking asylum and France is thinking of granting it? France want to bomb Syria just for the heck of it. They can probably use some LTTE terrorists. I heard the terrorists they sent to Syria are getting their rear ends kicked by Qaeda. I agree with previous post. Keep him there.


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