UK deports 50 SL asylum seekers

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A group of 50 Sri Lankan asylum seekers, mostly Tamils who were deported from Britain, will return to the country today, the PTI reported quoting immigration officials said.

A group of 50 Sri Lankans are heading home on a special chartered flight arranged by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), they said.
The deportation takes place despite a protest from the London-based rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) which accused the UKBA of turning a blind eye to the conditions faced by the returnees.

"In its haste to be tough on failed asylum seekers, the British government is turning a blind eye to compelling evidence that Tamils deported to Sri Lanka risk torture on arrival," a HRW release said.

Meanwhile, the London based the The Independent reported that dozens of failed Sri Lankan asylum seekers were removed at the last minute from a controversial deportation flight today after a senior judge accepted there was a risk that they could be tortured on their return.

“Lawyers acting on behalf of three test cases went to the High Court to seek an injunction banning the removal of any Tamil ethnicity deportee on the flight on the grounds that they would face a real risk of ill treatment on their return,” the The Independent stated.

“The ruling, which only applied to those three cases, prompted a flurry of further applications from lawyers representing Tamil clients which were then decided on an individual basis using the injunction as guidance. It is not known exactly how many people were taken off the flight but it is thought to be at least a dozen” it added.

However, sources in Colombo said that all 50 asylum seekers were deported as scheduled without any problem.

  Comments - 17

  • SL Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:28 AM

    So what is your point? In either ethnic groups, people who try to manipulate the system should be sent back!

    Vicks Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:33 AM

    Spoke too early I guess. The High Court blocked the deportation...

    reader Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:48 AM

    read the news article clearly "mostly Tamils"

    ChamaraJ Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:01 AM

    LTTE brothers in arms must have found a way to stay back....the depoted ones must be people who have very litlle to offer the British........Hope the Government will investigate and then arrange a proper settlement....this also can be a good PR excersise....

    Senarath Upul Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:32 AM

    These days Channel 4 /Guardian news paper has made up stories against Sir Lanka .

    These illegal immigrants are a liability in our countries. They are not contributing to the economy they are mostly in the under world illegal activities you name it they do it. Because of these guys only an average Sir Lankan find it difficulty in getting a visa.

    Sri Lankan illegal immigrants are an another problem for UK metropolitan police.
    Present government and the Home Office knows these two institutions are backed by the Sri Lankan Tamil community. They don’t give a toss on these.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 20 September 2012 06:22 AM

    The British should be careful not to deport too many, because otherwise they will run short of dish-washers and toilet cleaners.

    Independent Observer Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:39 AM

    These guys spin alll sorts of yarns to remain in the UK and enjoy life there !!!
    They must not be believed !! & must be kicked out !!!

    English Teacher Thursday, 20 September 2012 08:31 AM

    Calistus, this is a fine comment. Thank you.

    mr.newton Thursday, 20 September 2012 02:38 AM

    "Could be tortured on arrival"

    nicky karunarathna Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:13 AM

    If they want to go to any Timbaktu, why they tell damn lies.Whom are they going to decieve. They decieve their own mother and country and its people - for what? Arn't they have any dignity been human.

    Rosh Thursday, 20 September 2012 03:45 AM

    Torture is to us, we had enough for 30 years because of that lunatic barbarian

    True Sri Lankan Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:05 AM

    Welcome back to Sri lanka

    GON WASSI-STUPIDCOW Thursday, 20 September 2012 07:34 PM

    In any case they were, in Sri Lanka---- well used to that type of work anyway!!!!

    Nodrog Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:20 AM

    These people are opportunist willing to slander and sell their motherland to qualify for refugee status.

    saman Thursday, 20 September 2012 10:42 PM

    Well said dude

    cxcb Thursday, 20 September 2012 04:26 AM

    well you will find more than 50% are Sinhalese

    Amo Thursday, 20 September 2012 05:19 AM

    hard luck guys..


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