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A group of 36 Sri Lankan asylum seekers deported from the UK arrived in Sri Lanka this morning on a chartered flight.

The chartered flight with the failed asylum seekers, mostly Tamil (22) Sinhaese (8) and six Muslims left London Thursday despite the concerns raised by human rights organizations of the refugees' safety. Each deportee was accompanied on the plane by two British police officers.

However, UK based Channel 4 last night reported that scores of Sri Lankans, due to have been deported from the UK on a government charter flight on Thursday afternoon, have had their removal orders overturned by high court judges. About 40 failed asylum-seekers - most of whom are thought to be Tamils - were granted dramatic last-minute stays.(Deepa Adhikari)

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  • Dushantha Kurera Friday, 01 June 2012 04:13 PM

    It's sad to note that there are Sri Lankans who betray the country by falsely alleging human rights violations to go out of the country for greener pastures. Come the right way, don't let down the country of your birth and country which gave you education (most of it free). The gullible western Nations give sympathy to these "Rascals" and they dont seem to undestand what happens to them after some time. These Assylum seekers project a bad image of the country. Stop this nonsense please.

    Rom Friday, 01 June 2012 04:18 PM

    So what do you think of the SL GOV reps holding green cards and working in SL!!!!!!!!!!

    Lanka Puthra Friday, 01 June 2012 04:29 PM


    Yuri Friday, 01 June 2012 09:24 AM

    welcome back to Night mare

    chandi Saturday, 02 June 2012 08:46 AM

    Do u know equal opportunities to everyone regardless of their merits

    sena Friday, 01 June 2012 05:16 PM

    if they have read and believed our central bank reports they might have expected SL on par with England in economic development

    kiribath Friday, 01 June 2012 05:17 PM

    mor than 75% of young sri lankans wants to leave the country, this is the bottem line, and this people are educated .

    chandi Saturday, 02 June 2012 08:54 AM

    I agree put them in jail

    NIhal Friday, 01 June 2012 10:10 AM

    Wellcome Home!
    These are the people who tarnish the image of Sri Lanka for their personal gains and green pastures at the cost of the country.
    Well done UK!

    minipe Friday, 01 June 2012 07:52 PM

    Go head and complain to "channel 4"....heheheheh.

    Vijitha Saturday, 02 June 2012 11:11 PM

    There are 1000s of us still there; still cannot come back.
    I don't think that We Sri Lankans are ever grateful to the Indians for feeding & educating 1000s of our refugees for decades.
    Thank You India and the World for being sympathetic towards our Sri Lankans for the last 30 years. Thank You. God Bless!!!
    Miserable Sri Lankans

    balu Friday, 01 June 2012 06:34 AM

    welcome back fools!

    chandi Saturday, 02 June 2012 10:07 AM

    I m sure you so called patriot srilankans will judge thses 75%as traitors . But there is a problem only 10% of srilankans are Tamils. My maths is very poor.

    refugees Friday, 01 June 2012 11:10 PM

    Refugees are defined by UNHCR as people who cannot return to their home country/ region due to threats to life/ security. They were economic migrants when they went to UK as they went in search of greener pastures. When they came back they became refugees as the government is now questioning their motives. Go figure who is to blame or rather what needs to be improved.

    Kondeybendapucheena Friday, 01 June 2012 06:47 AM

    You will feel as soon as you land at Katunayake no better place in this earth other than motherland

    vj Friday, 01 June 2012 06:53 AM

    poor guys,,, they do have problems, let us respect others, rather criticizing them!!

    Ajith Saturday, 02 June 2012 11:26 AM

    the problem is, if we sue C4, and in the court C4 proves we are guilty (since govt. cannot manipulate international courts), then we set a proof for war crime charges. I don't think Gov. is that fool to get in there.. They are good to play for galleries, not for international audience..If not Govt. would have tried long time before..

    peejae Friday, 01 June 2012 06:59 AM

    Just give a chance to you Balu, you will be the 1st to take the flight to UK and seek asylam

    Rambo Friday, 01 June 2012 07:08 AM

    Please do not send the rest

    peacelover Saturday, 02 June 2012 03:24 AM

    Well! when UK deport well done, but when they condemn Srilanakan Govt, you want the UK High Commissioner to deport.
    What a selfish motive and double standard.

    roshan Friday, 01 June 2012 07:16 AM

    another article in the DM says a judge stayed their departure

    Subbiah Saturday, 02 June 2012 04:11 AM

    Stop them from leaving the country again temporarily. Because they will do anything against the country for their personal gains.

    Donot Touch Friday, 01 June 2012 07:43 AM

    Put them is glass cages and keep them opposite the UK Hgh Commission so that they are ensured that no one will burn them.

    By the way, it may be okay to take the 8 Sinhalese to preventive custody so that they will not go back to UK and put that host country in more trouble. No one will be interested in them anyway.

    Jehan Friday, 01 June 2012 12:18 PM

    This is a good initiative this so called asylum seekers are the people who betray country's image for their personal gains i am not race specific I will say all sri lankans who seek asylum will fall into this category , once they land on a foreign soil seeking asylum they will be compelled to say that sri lanka is not conducive for living only for the sake of keeping the asylum status. so they will do what ever they could to drive that point the result will be the betrayal of the dignity of the country.

    Dilan Friday, 01 June 2012 07:54 AM

    Leaving for all the wrong reasons, and paying the price in the end.

    ANTON Friday, 01 June 2012 07:57 AM

    millions and millions of asylum seekers illegal migrants are settled in Canada, Australia, UK, Swiss... why don't we talk about them.

    Conty Saturday, 02 June 2012 04:50 AM

    Yuri, try your luck in another country if you are not happy in S/L but do it the right way apply on your merits other than as an asylum seeker. And good riddance if you are good enough to enter another country.

    Nodrog Friday, 01 June 2012 12:33 PM

    So damn true Jehan. And there will be many who make a living by supporting this category of people waiting to pick up on these stories without checking the veracity of it.

    ibnuaboo Saturday, 02 June 2012 05:05 AM

    whatever it is they would have been helping our foriegn exchange even little as long as they were there like many others who live abroad legally or illegally

    Dee Friday, 01 June 2012 08:07 AM

    the racial mix of the deportees clearly shows that they are 'economic asylem seekers' - period.

    John Friday, 01 June 2012 08:17 AM

    At least all communities are democratically represented?!

    lankaman Friday, 01 June 2012 08:21 AM


    Sue Saturday, 02 June 2012 05:45 AM

    You are so right VJ. everyone has their own reasons and who are we to criticize them?

    Louisa Saturday, 02 June 2012 06:09 AM

    UK why didn't you keep these rotten eggs. We dont need them; people who would do anything for their personal agenda. Please get out if our motherland is not good enough for you. Closest and easiest is Tamil Nadu but I bet you, they will never ever want to put their foot there?

    Rohan Friday, 01 June 2012 08:46 AM

    Channel 4 did say that President of Sri Lanka is due to come for Queen's Jubilee celebrations. They never said that only some were deported and meant that all asylum seekers due to leave were stopped by a Judge in the last minute as they were getting tortured when in Sri Lanka and they had got reports from Human Rights Watch. Jonathan Miller was reporting as usual as he got kicked out from SL during the war for getting into SL with the support of terrorists and without a visa. But Jon Snow let the other presenter do the piece on Sri Lanka. He knows he's got his medicine from the viewers.

    Ravi Friday, 01 June 2012 08:41 AM

    Without hearing their reasons for asylum claim, branding your fellow country men/women fool is disrespect to yourself.

    I think this attitude will not going to make any positive differences.

    Lohan Friday, 01 June 2012 08:48 AM

    Its time the Sri Lankan High Commission with GOSL take action on C4 for reporting incorrect information as well as giving wrong data that 40,000 civilians were killed in Sri Lanka war. Isn't that an exaggeration? Its time to sue C4.

    CW Friday, 01 June 2012 02:07 PM

    Pls send them back to Human Right Champions.

    Kabi Friday, 01 June 2012 08:55 AM

    welcome back our friends and relatives.

    Sathi Friday, 01 June 2012 02:33 PM

    Welcome to Sri Lanka! Do you know Sri Lanka peaceful country?
    No problem here but everyday tow or three people killed to without reason.

    Hasthi Friday, 01 June 2012 09:01 AM

    Well, England did not believe their claims! So we are trying to encourage them to get a better story next time... when we say 'fool' it is not to say ignorant. It is to say - it did not work this time, find a more believable story next time...

    saman Friday, 01 June 2012 09:01 AM

    Don't they say "Singala people kill them?"

    RAJU Saturday, 02 June 2012 07:07 AM


    banda Friday, 01 June 2012 09:10 AM

    welcome to wonder of Asia. you can live here spending just 2500/= for a month

    Shai Saturday, 02 June 2012 07:36 AM

    Thanks for the foreign currency earned. At least sme position what the steal from our country

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