By Colombo Telegraph –
“Tomorrow 65 Tamil refugees will be deported from the UK back to Sri Lanka. This is despite a report published yesterday which showed that Tamils who are forcibly returned are often raped – and that we know this happened in two cases from the UK” says the Sri Lanka Campaign.
In 24 hours, a flight will take nearly 65 people into a potential torture chamber in Sri Lanka. A few have managed to get their deportation postponed through the courts – and if we all raise a massive outcry now, we can ground this whole charter plane!
Torture of Tamils is rife in Sri Lanka, despite the civil war having ended in 2009. The UK Border Agency has given asylum to a few Sri Lankan nationals who have reached the UK after being tortured. Yet the Agency is now trying to expel this unlucky 65 as fast as possible – before a tribunal ruling which might allow them to stay.
If we politicise their plight we can help to keep them in the UK until their case is fully heard.
Time is ticking — let’s tell Home Secretary Theresa May to stop this week’s deportations to Sri Lanka. When 20,000 of us sign, we can work with leading Sri Lankan activists in the UK to protest outside the Home Office and demand a meeting with the Home Secretary. Sign now and share widely!