By Colombo Telegraph –
Gareth Thomas MP yesterday made an emergency ‘Point of Order’ in the House of Commons to raise his concerns about the Human Rights Watch report about Sri Lankan deportees allegedly being tortured on return from the UK.
Gareth Thomas (Harrow West) (Lab/Co-op): On a point of order, Mr Speaker. Human Rights Watch has recently published further evidence of failed Tamil asylum seekers who have been deported from the UK by the UK Border Agency being tortured on their return to Sri Lanka. The whole House wants to ensure that this country has strong immigration policies in place, and that they are adhered to, but it will surely also be concerned about those reports of torture. Have you heard of any possibility of a written statement from the Home Secretary, seeking to clarify her policy on the deportation of Tamil asylum seekers in the light of that new evidence?
Gareth also tabled 3 Parliamentary Questions as follows:
1. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made or instructed to be made to prevent the use of torture on those Tamil asylum seekers deported from the UK; and if he will make a statement.
2. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Tamil asylum seekers deported by the UK Border Agency since May 2010 he estimates have been the victims of torture by Sri Lankan security services after their deportation from the UK; and if he will make a statement.
3. To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the risk to failed Tamil asylum seekers of being tortured by Sri Lankan security services after deportation from the UK; and if she will make a statement.