Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 14 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka prepares to deport 60 Pakistani asylum seekers after court nod
Wed, Sep 3, 2014, 07:03 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka is preparing to deport at least 60 Pakistani asylum seekers after a court gave permission to send them back to the country they fled.

The Pakistani asylum seekers, who had been detained at the Boossa detention camp in Galle pending court decision, have been released from the camps yesterday and sent to temporary accommodation in preparation for their deportation, the Press Trust of India reported.

Officials said the government had agreed for their release from detention.

The Court of Appeals on Monday hearing a petition filed by an aggrieved Pakistani refugee withdrew an interim order it has given earlier suspending the deportations and ruled that Sri Lanka has a right to deport foreign nationals living in the country without visas.

The court had agreed with the Deputy Solicitor General's arguments that there is evidence of Pakistani asylum seekers committing crimes and they are a threat to national security.

The court hearing the petition of a refugee issued an injunction on August 15 halting the deportations until August 29 and then extended it until September 01.

The petitioner, Anila Imran, in her petition 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 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.

According to the UNHCR, Sri Lanka is bound by observance of the of non-refoulement law which prohibits the return of refugees to territory where they face danger.

** Related Story :: Sri Lankan court allows deportation of Pakistani asylum seekers

ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
State Minister of Fisheries pledges support to fishermen affected in the fishing vessel explosion in Hambantota
-- [6 hours ago]
Meeting held at Defense Ministry to discuss progress on land release in North and East
-- [7 hours ago]
Petroleum trade union collective calls off strike
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Marxist party supports CPC workers' strike, calls on government to meet their demands
-- [8 hours ago]
Seven Sri Lankan fishermen released by Indian court sent home
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lankan Navy sailor dies during training in India
-- [9 hours ago]
Government takes measures to keep Sri Lanka malaria free - Health Minister
New Chairperson appointed to lead Sri Lanka National Child Protection Authority
Japanese experts present report on Sri Lanka's garbage dump to President, recommend removal
Petroleum trade union in discussions with Minister amid strike

Copyright © 2000, 2014 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.