UK: Suspension on removal of Tamil asylum seekers

Friday, October 4, 2013

The British High Court decided this week that a group of Tamils the UK Border Agency intended to deport back to Sri Lanka should stay in the United Kingdom until an upcoming Country Guidance case concerning the safety of returned failed asylum seekers in Sri Lanka is decided. As the High Court considered that the guidance on Sri Lanka was being considered virtually afresh and that the existing country guidance will have to change, the suspension on the removal of all Tamil failed asylum seekers was ordered. The decision coincides with the publication of a Human Rights Watch report on the use of rape and sexual violence against Tamils suspected of links to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Read about this news on the Free Movement Blog, written by Barristers of Renaissance Chambers, who defended the case before the High Court.

Read Human Rights Watch's report on sexual violence against Tamils at HRW's website.

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