United Arab Emirates urged not to deport Sri Lankan Tamil journalist Rathimohini Lokini. Human Rights Watch (HRW) today said Lohini, an ethnic Tamil, “would be at grave risk of torture” if sent back.
After coming to the government controlled areas, she could not live in the open as she knew that she could be easily identified by the military due to her regular appearance on the television. Fearing for her life, she left Sri Lanka in April 2009.
Now she is being held at a refugee camp in Dubai under the supervision of UNHCR and DUBAI immigration. Apart from being an ethnic Tamil from the north, her well known connection to the LTTE television increases her vulnerability to great extent. If deported, many fear that she would probably face the same fate as her colleague Isai Priya.