Don't Deport Pakistanis, Sri Lanka Urged

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  1. cobra commando

    cobra commando Tharki regiment Veteran Member Senior Member

    Oct 3, 2009
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    NEW YORK: At least 142 Pakistanis arrested in police sweeps in Sri Lanka in June are being detained and are at risk of deportation, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The Sri Lankan controller general of immigration should not deport members of Pakistani minority groups until the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has full access to them and determines their need for international protection, the US rights body said. Most are members of the Ahmadiyya minority though the detainees also include Christians and Shia Muslims. It said UNHCR had not had access to the detainees, who are being held in the Boosa detention centre, although the UN refugee agency had already recognized at least six of the group as refugees. Media reports cited Immigration Controller Chulananda Perera as saying that the government was able to deport the detained Pakistanis because it had not given them permission to register asylum claims. "Sri Lankan authorities are threatening Pakistani minority group members with deportation at the very time when persecution of these groups is escalating in Pakistan," said Bill Frelick at Human Rights Watch. "Preventing asylum seekers from lodging claims in no way absolves Sri Lanka from its duty not to return them to possible persecution." Under international law, governments are prohibited from forcibly returning refugees to places where they would be at serious risk of persecution or other serious harm. The principle applies equally to people prevented from lodging asylum claims who would still face serious harm upon return.

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    Don't Deport Pakistanis, Sri Lanka Urged - The New Indian Express
  3. BridgeSeller

    BridgeSeller Regular Member

    Jun 12, 2014
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    On my 455
    Hilarious, the Tamils are leaving Lanka for asylum in Australia, while these pakis are asking for asylum in Lanka. Make your own inferences.

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