SL to deport Pakistan asylum seekers

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A Sri Lankan court on Monday gave permission to authorities to send back scores of Pakistani asylum seekers, after the government said they were a threat to the island’s security and public health.

Deputy Solicitor General Janak de Silva asked the Appeal court to lift an earlier suspension of deportations, saying there was evidence Pakistanis were committing crimes and bringing malaria into the country, which was otherwise virtually free of the disease.

“Interim relief was vacated and the court has dismissed the application. Now all the asylum seekers are exposed to deportation if government wants,” said Lakshan Dias, lawyer of a 38-year-old Pakistani woman who complained after her husband, brother and father were detained pending deportation.

The court on Aug. 15 ordered authorities to temporarily stop deporting the Pakistanis, after the woman said her family was being forcibly sent home without having their claims properly assessed.

The United Nations refugee agency says 88 Pakistanis have been deported since Aug. 1 in what is has called a breach of international law.

The agency has called for an end to the deportations and demanded access to another 75 detained people who are awaiting deportation.

The Sri Lankan government says the Pakistanis are part of an influx of economic immigrants in the past year who have become a burden on the country’s resources and potentially compromised state and regional security. (Source: Gulf Today)

  Comments - 20

  • Athula Tuesday, 02 September 2014 02:39 AM

    Good move.!

    ela kolla Tuesday, 02 September 2014 02:44 AM

    excellent move.....we don't need them here...we have enough and more problems with muslims

    adrian Tuesday, 02 September 2014 02:50 AM

    I agree with the Gov. To seek asylum in this country? There is something fishy.

    Patriot Tuesday, 02 September 2014 01:21 PM

    elakolla it is good four yr damsels & men folks to be working in the middle east the president to seek Muslim votes at UN and aid from muslim countries via DM Android App

    Jayantha Tuesday, 02 September 2014 03:32 AM

    Good decision!

    ABC Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:07 AM

    Please send back. Sorry SL cannot take assylum seekers via DM Android App

    Priya Tuesday, 02 September 2014 03:53 AM

    Sorry for them.

    Kamao Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:38 AM

    Ela Kolla, Dont ack like ungrateful cytisan, eat rise with some salt.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:40 AM

    Feel sorry for the genuine.

    Mahmood Ashraf Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:42 AM

    and most of the asylum seekers are christians

    soft Tuesday, 02 September 2014 02:14 PM

    Dont accept racial and communal comments

    kumar Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:50 AM

    They chose a wrong country for asylum. Sri Lanka is already beggar country. Find some other country.

    Suren Sarathkumara Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:51 AM

    There is a risk that these peoples might get beheaded by Islamic extremists.

    Chamee Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:51 AM

    Long felt need of the country... via DM Android App

    tommy Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:23 AM

    All over the world must stop asylum service. All must send back to their countries. Good decision. Must follow other countries TOO

    x Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:25 AM

    why is everyone making this about religion. Christian Muslim that does not matter. SL cant take the asylum seekers because we are trying to develop and come up in life and economically. and if they bring in Malaria and drugs and security issues its bad for the country. so dont talk about religion here. think of the broader picture. we got out of war not to start a religious war. stop bringing religion into everything that happens. think positive always. via DM Android App

    ashley Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:17 PM

    US UN and everything to do with the US please stay away . Even the embassy should be thrown away .we take care of our own like all American Bruce Springsteen says. Ban the bloody song on SL radio as well.

    Public Wednesday, 03 September 2014 04:28 PM

    I am more than happy

    peace Tuesday, 02 September 2014 12:17 PM

    Ela kolla do you like aid from Pakistan and Arabia

    Gud Tuesday, 02 September 2014 08:05 AM

    finally gud decision but so sad about christians of pakistan we being a small country is not in position to give hands to you.....the thing i cannot understand is none of muslims who soooo woried about gaza never speak about these things all are humans........ via DM Android App


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