Aug 29, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court today extended an order it issued earlier suspending the repatriating Pakistani nationals who have sought refugee status in Sri Lanka.
The Court of Appeal on Friday ordered to extend the order for four more days when the case was heard before the court.
When a petition filed by an aggrieved Pakistani female was taken up for consideration today, the Appeal Court Judge Upali Abeyratna postponed the delivery of verdict to September 1.
The petitioner, Anila Imran, in her petition has told the court that Pakistani authorities persecute Christians and Shia Muslims in the Ahamandi region and they had arrived in Sri Lanka seeking protection. She has requested the court to stop sending them back to Pakistan
The petitioner cited the Controller of the Immigration and Emigration, the Minister of External Affairs, the Defense Minister, the Defence Secretary, the Inspector General of Police, the Commissioner of Human Rights and the Attorney General as respondents in her petition.
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR said Sri Lanka's deportation of the refugees back to the places where they fled from is a violation of international law and called on the Sri Lankan government to immediately halt deportations.
Sri Lanka is bound by observance of the of non-refoulement law which prohibits the return of refugees to territory where they face danger.